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New signals coming to U.S. 30/state Route 94; Wenger median to be closed

PHOTO BY KURT IMMLER | DGKN

Excavation work at U.S. 30 and state Route 94 in Dalton is complete, as well as paving for a loon to help semitrailers and longer vehicles make the U-turn at state Route 94.

DGKN staff report

The median crossover at U.S. 30 and Wenger Road is expected to be closed Monday or Tuesday, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

This summer, motorists through eastern Wayne County can expect to see new traffic signals at U.S. 30 and state Route 94, and the removal of the median crossover at Wenger Road in Sugar Creek Township near Dalton’s western boundary.

Strain poles for traffic signal work at U.S. 30 and state Route 94 were installed earlier this year. The excavation work at the intersection was completed and paving finished last week, according to Crystal Neelon, public information officer for ODOT District 3. New signals are scheduled to go up in another couple of weeks, she said. Additional pavement, known as a loon, to allow semitrailers and longer vehicles to make the U-turn at state Route 94 was added. No signal changes will be made for traffic, Neelon explained, but signals for the existing lanes of traffic will be upgraded.

Over the next few weeks, both the signal work at the U.S. 30 and state Route 94 intersection will be completed and the median crossover at Wenger Road will be removed, she said.

The median crossover has been a topic of discussion locally for the past few years. According to information provided at an ODOT public meeting in October 2017, which sought comments from the community, a traffic safety study was completed to evaluate existing safety performance and identify potential countermeasures to reduce traffic crashes. The closure of the U.S. 30/Wenger Road median, as well as improvements to the intersection at U.S. 30 and state Route 94 were the recommended safety countermeasures.

The U.S. 30/Wenger Road intersection was ranked 94th on the ODOT 2013 Safety Priority list for rural intersections, according to ODOT.  Crash data showed 27 reported crashes at the study intersection during 2008 and 2013. Of the total reported crashes, 41 percent resulted in injury, higher than the statewide average of 25 percent for state route, nonfreeway locations, according to ODOT. No fatalities occurred during the analysis period. Angle crashes were the most frequently reported crash type, accounting for 70 percent of crashes compared to the statewide average of 16 percent.

 

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