Joint News Release: Blendon Township Police and ODOT
12, 2016 – The Blendon Township Police Department and the Ohio
Department of Transportation continue to work together to make an intersection
on the northeast side of Franklin County safer.
‘Target enforcement signs’ have now been installed in
both directions of State Route 161 between Sunbury Road and State Route 3.
The signs are one more way police and ODOT are trying
to get folks to slow down and avoid distractions as they travel through the
area via Interstate 270, Route 161 or local roads.
In August, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
released its list of the most dangerous intersections in Central Ohio. The
intersection of State Route 161 and Buenos Aires Boulevard made the ‘top 20.’
Blendon Township Chief of Police John Belford has been
working, at meetings and on social media, with the neighbors who live near the
intersection. “We are a small community with a big problem,” Belford said. “I
was amazed at how fast ODOT was able to get resources here to help us. Our goal
is to work in partnership with the State and with the local community to get
this intersection back to an acceptable level of safety.” Belford said.
The Blendon Township Police Department has also
received a state enforcement grant that will be used for extra police officers
on this section of roadway. The goal of the extra enforcement is to reduce
crashes and get impaired drivers off the road.
ODOT shared with police that there is already a safety
study underway for the State Route 161 and Buenos Aires intersection. That
study will examine crash data, signage and pavement condition as well as other
While there is currently a ‘prepare to stop when
flashing’ sign on Rt. 161 before the intersection, ODOT plans to upgrade and
install additional signs at the intersection before the safety study is
concluded. This includes adding a ‘signal ahead’ sign before drivers reach the
Strawberry Farms/Buenos Aires intersection.
ODOT’s safety study and recommendations are expected
to be completed by spring of next year.
Chief John Belford, Blendon Township Police Department at (614) 882-8500 or
Nancy Burton, ODOT District 6 Public Information at (740) 833-8063.