Wrong-Way Detection System Coming to West
November 5, 2018) – Safety improvements along West 28th
Street at SR 2 in the city of Cleveland as part of the Lakefront West
Rehabilitation project are nearly complete and the final element will be put in
place this week.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is piloting
a wrong-way driver detection system on the SR 2 westbound exit ramp to W. 28th
Street on city’s near westside. This system includes a camera, wrong-way signs
and a notification system for local law enforcement. When a wrong-way vehicle
is detected, the wrong-way signs will flash, the camera will take a timestamped
photo and a notification will be sent to local law enforcement.
This location was chosen for a pilot project due to a
history of wrong-way crashes on the West Shoreway. Installation of the system
will require daily closures
of the SR 2 westbound exit ramp to W. 28th Street Monday, November 5
through Friday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Motorists will be detoured
to W. 49th Street to Detroit Avenue to W. 28th Street.
The system is expected to be fully functioning by late-November.
“Wrong-way crashes make up .01% of crashes statewide each year, however when
they do happen they are almost always serious,” said Myron Pakush, District 12
To help reduce the risk of these types of crashes, ODOT has upgraded many exit
ramps with dual mounted wrong-way and do not enter signs and pavement marking
arrows indicating the correct direction of travel.
There is currently one wrong-way detection system in place in Central Ohio and
other locations are under consideration.