Ohio Department of Transportation    News Release
District 7  Randy Chevalley, P.E., P.S., Deputy Director
1001 Saint Marys Avenue • Sidney, Ohio 45365
www.transportation.ohio.gov/dist7
ODOT District 7 Installs Rumble Stripes on US 127
In Mercer County
Sidney (Wednesday, July 25, 2012)ODOT District 7 recently installed rumble stripes in the center line on a five mile stretch of US 127 between SR 119 and SR 219 in Mercer County.  This installation follows a study conducted by safety engineers in May of 2012 that examined a portion of US 127.  That study found that based on the crash data, the section of US 127 between SR 119 and the Celina corporation limit may benefit from the installation of center line rumble stripes. 
Rumble stripes were previously placed on SR 118 in Mercer County as part of a trial to test their effectiveness.  Safety engineers have now partnered with the Ohio State Highway Patrol to take a proactive approach to safety and install the rumble stripes on US 127, expanding the trial area in Mercer County. 
“Hopefully these rumble stripes will assist the public in making them more aware of their location on the road and keep them from travelling left of center,” said Lieutenant Scott Carrico of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The current rumble stripe installation stops at SR 219 due to a future paving project.  US 127 is scheduled to be resurfaced next year from SR 219 to the Celina corporation line.  Rumble stripes will be installed along that stretch of the roadway as part of the resurfacing project. 
“We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to keep motorists safe on the roads and by partnering with OSP we are able to work towards that goal.  Center rumble stripes are a fairly new safety tool and by adding them in this area we have another location where safety engineers can evaluate their effectiveness,” said District 7 Deputy Director Randy Chevalley.
The rumble stripes are designed to prevent cross over crashes by alerting drivers if they start to cross the center line.   ODOT also wants to remind motorists to slow down and stay free of distractions behind the wheel.  
 
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs.  With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation.  Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development.  As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
 
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For more information contact:
Mandi Abner, ODOT District 7 Public Information Officer, at 937-497-6820