New Safety Measures at Southern Franklin County Interchange
Action taken to reduce crashes and congestion
COLUMBUS (Thursday, October 8, 2009) - In an effort to improve safety and reduce congestion at I-270 and Alum Creek Drive, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will change the traffic pattern on the north side of the interchange next week. ODOT will move the yield signs which ODOT safety forces say will make travel safer.
Beginning Wednesday October 14, traffic entering I-270 west from Alum Creek Drive north will now yield to traffic coming from Alum Creek Drive south. Traffic entering I-270 west from Alum Creek Drive south will no longer be required to yield.
Under the current traffic configuration, vehicles travelling south on Alum Creek Drive must immediately yield to north traffic after turning left on to the entrance ramp to I-270 west. This occurs even if the southbound traffic has a green arrow. The result has been vehicles backing up into the intersection; resulting in numerous crashes.
From 2005-2007, there were 34 crashes at this intersection, one of those crashes resulting in a fatality.
ODOT began studying the interchange at I-270 and Alum Creek Drive earlier this year as part of the Rickenbacker/Alum Creek project under development. Reviewing crash data, ODOT safety forces suggested moving the yield signs as a way to reduce congestion and improve conditions.
At an intersection in Cuyahoga County, ODOT took similar action and moved the yield signs giving the turning traffic the right-of-way. The result at that Garfield Heights intersection was improved safety and less congestion.
Included is an illustration of what the new and improved intersection will look like for drivers once the yield signs are repositioned in southern Franklin County next week.