ODOT responds to high accident locations in Martins Ferry by changing traffic signals
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, May 13, 2013) – Changes are coming soon to two traffic signals along State Route 7 in Belmont County.
In response to local officials and residents’ concerns, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is making some changes to the traffic signals along SR 7 at Hanover and Aetna Streets in Martins Ferry.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said, “These two intersections made the state’s high accident list in 2007 and are two of the higher accident locations in our region. It seems one of the biggest causes of accidents is people traveling northbound wanting to turn left at Hanover Street has a tough time judging the speed of traffic traveling southbound, so we’re going to fix that.”
To help mitigate the left-turn crashes that are occurring, especially at Hanover Street, new signal timing is being put in place to add a left-turn protected only phase.
The left-turn protected only phases will be both north and southbound at Hanover and Aetna Streets. Work is expected to begin next week and be completed by Memorial Day weekend.
Since 2007, ODOT has performed numerous short term improvements at these two locations, including additional signage. A $1.6 million safety improvement project is planned for these intersections in 2016 that will add right-turn lanes in the southbound direction and include new traffic signal hardware.
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.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us