For Immediate Release
May 10, 2017
ODOT Thankful Safety Improvements Worked
Data shows a reduction in crashes
DELAWARE (May 10, 2017) – The number of crashes is down significantly a year after several safety improvements were made to a curvy stretch of roadway in northeast Franklin County. For a year, ODOT has tracked the data which shows there were no fatal crashes on US 62 in 2016, compared to three fatalities the previous year.
“We are so thankful that a variety of roadway improvements coupled with public education and targeted enforcement resulted in safer travel on this section of Route 62 near Walnut Street,” said Jack Marchbanks, ODOT District 6 Deputy Director. “Everyone stepped up including our ODOT safety engineers, law enforcement, township trustees and concerned citizens to address the safety concerns immediately.”
At issue were several curves and areas of slick smooth pavement especially when it rained. As a result, ODOT maintenance forces installed new, oversized curve warning signs as well as advisory speed limit signs. The pavement surface was also treated or as some drivers described ‘roughed up’ in an effort to create better tire grip.
Law enforcement and ODOT also utilized social media to increase driver awareness and encourage them to slow down.
The result is a 100% reduction in fatal crashes for all of 2016.
Several other improvements for US 62 are scheduled for this year. Along with resurfacing the lanes, centerline rumble strips from Central College to the Licking County line will be installed. As part of the resurfacing, a high friction treatment will also be applied to the curve near Walnut Street.
All of these improvements are expected to be completed by October.
ODOT will continue to monitor this stretch of US 62 and make other improvements including ditch work if standing water after a heavy rain results in standing water on the roadway.