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September 21, 2005

State Seeks Input on Corridor Crash Problems
Seven Highway Corridors Under Study for Safety Improvements

(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: 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 Kenneth Morckel.

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 while intoxicated

  • 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