OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISTRICT 11 OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS - 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2009
ODOT Seeks Comments on Proposed Safety Improvements to U.S. Route 62 in Berlin
(NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO) --The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 is proposing safety improvements to U.S. Route 62 in the unincorporated community of Berlin in Holmes County.
The section of U.S. 62 from the Burger King to the U.S. 62/State Route 39 split ranked in the top 200 non-freeway locations for crashes in the state in both 2001 and 2006. These locations are chosen based on crash rate (crashes per volume of traffic), frequency (number of crashes), density (crashes per length of road), severity, and other analytical factors. To determine the best solution for fixing these locations, ODOT conducts engineering analyses that include a review of existing roadway conditions and crash reports. This helps identify common crash patterns and probable causes to determine the best strategies to reduce crashes. Based on ODOT's safety studies to date, rear-end, angle and left turning crashes represent a majority of the crashes occurring throughout this section U.S. 62.
This project is in the early stages of development. ODOT is examining a full range of options from short-term, low-cost strategies, such as new signs, pavement markings and drainage improvements to mid-cost, mid-term strategies such as new traffic signals, turn lanes and realignments.
As part of the project development process, ODOT is notifying potential project stakeholders and soliciting comments and concerns regarding the current transportation conditions within the area. ODOT would like the public's input on the type of improvements needed to reduce crashes and congestion throughout this section of U.S. 62. Additionally, ODOT is seeking comments about the social, environmental and economic impacts of the proposed project. Environmental impacts include impacts associated with architectural and ecological resources, hazardous materials and the general location of the project. Comments received can assist ODOT in identifying local concerns which will help in the planning of this improvement.
Citizens may submit comments and concerns online by visiting ODOT District 11's Web site at: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D11/Pages/BerlinSurvey.aspx, or written comments may be mailed to the Ohio Department of Transportation, District 11, Attention: Chris Varcolla, 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663. ODOT District 11 can also be contacted by telephone at 330-339-6633. All comments must be received by June 30, 2009. A public open house will be held at a later date as project development progresses.
For information on additional lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, flooding or other related traffic events, visit ODOT's gateway to traffic and roadway information at www.BuckeyeTraffic.org.
For more information, contact: Becky McCarty, ODOT District Communications Office, at 330-308-3949 or Chris Varcolla, ODOT Project Manager, at 330-308-3994.
ODOT District 11 serves Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties.
ODOT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.