Ohio's highway safety program grows to third
largest in the nation
ODOT set to invest
$158 million in safety projects annually
COLUMBUS - Beginning
this year, the Ohio Department of Transportation is investing a record $158
million annually into projects specifically aimed at making our roads safer.
These projects include everything from additional signage to the complete
reconfiguration of intersections.
“The funding for safety
projects in Ohio’s new transportation budget, which goes into effect on Monday,
puts Ohio’s road safety program within the top three states in the nation,”
said Governor Mike DeWine. “Investing in the safety of the drivers and
passengers who travel on Ohio’s roads and highways is incredibly important, and
I have no doubt that this increased focus on safety will prevent crashes and
Ohio already boasted
one of the largest safety programs in the nation. The new two-year state
transportation budget included an additional $100 million in safety funding.
Now, only California and Texas invest more than Ohio on safety projects.
"Safety is at the
forefront of our minds in everything we do," said ODOT Director Dr. Jack
Marchbanks. "Too many people are seriously injured or killed on Ohio roads
every year. We need to continue doing all we can to get those numbers to
Safety funding not only
pays for engineering solutions, it helps fund programs to change driver
behavior. Too many traffic deaths are a result of speeding, distraction,
impairment, and lack of using a seat belt.
"These are all
choices - bad choices - made by drivers and these crashes are completely
preventable," Marchbanks said.
Ohio has 121,000 miles
of road – one of the largest roadway networks in the nation. Eighty-four
percent of these roads are considered local roads maintained by more than 900
cities and villages, 1,300 townships and 88 counties. The remaining 16 percent
are considered state roads, which are maintained by the Ohio Department of
ODOT's Highway Safety program helps fund projects that improve safety
for drivers, riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians not only on ODOT-maintained
roadways, but roads maintained by local governments as well.