Intersection Safety Improvements Completed Ahead of Schedule
Southside re-alignment to improve safety
Columbus (Thursday, October 18, 2012) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has made safety improvements where State Routes 317 and 665 intersect with US 23 in an effort to reduce crashes. Drivers this week are now travelling on the newly re-located SR 317.
Before construction started in March, State Routes 317 and 665 intersected with US 23 at different locations. That condition created poor visibility and a safety hazard for motorists. Studying data for the last five years, ODOT engineers say there was an average of 26 crashes at this intersection every year.
Realigning the intersection and installing a traffic signal will improve visibility, traffic flow and safety.
The $3 million project was expected to take two years to complete but favorable weather and an efficient work schedule allowed the contractor, Double Z, to complete the majority of the work in just seven months.
Even though traffic is flowing at the intersection, there is still some work left to do including paving and striping, which will be completed this year. The permanent traffic signal will be installed in the Spring.