|Pavement markings to be added at US 24 intersections|
|Thursday, August 29, 2013 12:00 PM|
Collaboration among ODOT, state patrol, federal and local entities at core of decision
LIMA – A decision to add additional pavement markings at all seven at-grade intersections along U.S. 24 in Paulding County was reached after the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), state agency, federal and local government entities collaborated in an effort to increase safety along the route.
Officials with ODOT District 1 consulted with federal officials, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and both the Paulding County Commissioners office and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department in response to a string of accidents which have occurred this year at intersections with U.S. 24.
“We analyzed the accidents to see if any additional roadway improvements could be made to increase safety. The group’s diversity provided needed perspective of why the accidents occurred and possible solutions,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.
From the analysis, it was determined that in some cases, motorists failed to stop in the median area of the intersection before proceeding across the lanes or into traffic.
“We felt that adding a dashed edge line across the median crossover areas would perhaps provide motorists a visual reference as to where the median areas are,” said Slusher. “Better defining these areas may provide motorists with greater assurance they are squarely within a safe zone while waiting for traffic to clear before proceeding to cross or turn into traffic,” he said.
“Any improvement to enhance the safety of the U.S. 24 corridor is greatly appreciated,” said Paulding County Commissioner Fred Pieper.
The markings will be added to the intersections with U.S. 24 at County Road 21, Township Road 83, County Road 87, County Road 115, County Road 232, County Road 133 and County Road 143. The markings are expected to be in place within the next month.
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