Striping project begins tomorrow to improve safety in eastern Ohio
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Tuesday, September 18, 2012) – Since 2006, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been increasing its investments in systematic safety improvements, which are low-cost safety treatments that can be implemented across many miles for thousands of dollars. These treatments include median cable barrier on major freeways, edge line rumble stripes on high-speed rural roads, reflective back plates on traffic signals at busy intersections, and now wider pavement markings.
Work will begin tomorrow in Tuscarawas County on a project to stripe various routes in District 11’s seven-county region, upgrading the edge and lane lines on four-lane highways to six inches.
In 2012, ODOT changed its pavement marking standards to require six-inch edge and lane line markings on all interstates, interstate look-alikes and rural, high-speed, multi-lane divided roadways. Previously, theses pavement markings were four inches wide.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said, “Safety is ODOT’s number one priority. Ohio’s goal is to reduce roadway fatalities five percent by 2015 – saving 150 lives. Wider pavement markings will increase visibility and may help reduce crashes, particularly those involving older drivers.”
The Missouri Department of Transportation recently documented the benefits of wider pavement markings, including a benefit cost ratio of 24 to 1 and significant reductions in nighttime fatal and disabling-injury crashes ranging from 23% to 56%.
Each year, ODOT spends approximately $72 million for projects relating to roadway safety – one of the largest state investments in the nation. Of that total, the department sets aside about $10 to $20 million annually for systematic safety improvements, such as these wider pavement markings. National studies have shown these types of treatments can significantly reduce crashes, including injury and fatal crashes that cost Ohioans millions of dollars each year.
Traffic will be maintained during this work; it is a moving operation. ODOT’s contractor for this $1.4 million project is Aero-Mark Inc., from Streetsboro, Ohio, and the completion date for the district-wide project is June 2014.
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