For Immediate Release
May 24, 2013
“Watch for Stopped Traffic” Signs Installed on Interstate 270
East Side first location in Ohio to test warning signs
COLUMBUS – (NEW) As the 2013 Memorial Day weekend begins, motorists on I-270 on the far east side will notice new overhead signs that will be used to alert them if traffic is stopped on heavily congested interstates.
Three new warning signs, installed last night, are located at I-270 south just after the Broad Street ramp; I-270 south at the Main Street ramp; and I-70 east near the Broad Street entrance ramp.
The location of the sign on I-270 between Main Street and I-70 was the location of a fatal crash two years ago. The victim’s family asked ODOT to install these signs so that another life is not lost tragically.
Last year, there were more than 9,600 rear-end crashes on Ohio interstates. Fourteen people died and 225 people were seriously injured.
ODOT’s Safety program is paying an estimated $483,000 for the overhead warning signs on the east side. The message, “Watch for Stopped Traffic” is illuminated on the sign after a detector buried in the pavement about a half a mile away, detects vehicles stopped on the interstate.
ODOT continually looks for cost-effective ways to reduce congestion-related crashes on interstates. If these warning signs are effective and the number of crashes on I-270 is reduced, ODOT may install these overhead signs in other congested, crash-prone areas throughout the state.
Over the next week, the new overhead messaging system will be tested before the signs are fully operational on I-270.
ODOT dedicates just over a $100 million annually for engineering improvements at high-crash and severe-crash locations – one of the largest state investments in the nation.
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