State Seeks Input on Corridor Crash Problems
Seven Highway Corridors Under Study for Safety
(COLUMBUS) --- Three state agencies are seeking the
publics input on seven highway corridors with crashes and fatalities
above the statewide average. The corridors are being studied to
determine the causes of crashes and develop strategies to prevent
injuries and save lives.
The corridors under study are:
State Routes 49 and 73 (Western Ohio)
State Route 37 (Central Ohio)
State Routes 46, 60, 93, 193 (Eastern Ohio)
These corridors accounted for 177 fatalities between
1999 and 2003.
The state has held several public meetings across Ohio
to exchange information and ideas. People can continue to comment on
these corridors by visiting the website at: http://corridorsafety.ohio.gov.
Staff will be available to respond to questions.
Some of the best suggestions for improving safety come
from the people who live and work along our highways, said ODOT
Director Gordon Proctor. The website provides another opportunity for
the public to learn more about the types of crashes occurring in the
area and share their personal experiences and ideas.
Ohios new Corridor Safety Program was initiated by
Governor Bob Taft in January 2005. The program uses crash data to
identify longer highway corridors with crashes and fatalities above the
statewide average. Locations with the highest density of fatal crashes
are studied and addressed using a cross-jurisdictional approach that
combines engineering, enforcement, motorist education and public input
to reduce crashes and save lives.
Our analysis shows that many fatal and serious injury
crashes can be prevented by convincing motorists to wear their
seatbelts, drive sober and obey the speed limits, said ODPS Director
Colonel Paul D. McClellan, superintendent of the Ohio
State Highway Patrol, said an ambitious goal to significantly reduce
traffic crash fatalities has been set. We believe the motoring public
can play an integral role by assisting us with identifying where, when,
and why problem areas exist, so we can deploy resources to ensure those
dangerous behaviors are appropriately addressed, he said.
In analyzing the corridors, state agencies determined
that many crashes could be linked to:
Driver Behavior motorists traveling too fast for
weather or roadway conditions, not wearing a safety belt and driving
Roadway Conditions sharp curves or slopes, objects too
close to the roadway, etc.
Growth and Development new homes and businesses that
add more driveways and vehicles to the roadway