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Public officials, residents and business owners attended a public input meeting June 2 at Dalton Elementary & Middle School hosted by Ohio Department of Transportation regarding proposed changes at intersections along U.S. 30 in Wayne County.
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Intersections along U.S. 30 in Wayne County will look different if proposed alternatives such as RCUTS, Superstreets, and median closures are implemented to improve safety. Many are concerned other traffic hazards will be created with changes.
DALTON Local government and Ohio Department of Transportation officials alike agreed they were pleased to see the large turnout Thursday at a public input meeting regarding ODOT’S proposed changes to intersections along U.S. 30.
Many people have agreed improved safety and fewer traffic crashes on roadways in the area certainly is in everyone’s best interests, but many residents are not in agreement about how to go about improving safety along the busy stretch of highway in Wayne County between Kansas and West Lebanon roads.
The high number of crashes places the corridor near the top of ODOT’s priority list and a study ODOT conducted 2015-2019 that analyzed crash data, capacity and existing conditions provides planning level estimates and concept plans for 14 major intersections and four major driveways. These crossroads are all used by residents regularly and motorists passing through and lead to businesses, gas stations, restaurants and residences, including farms. ODOT has proposed RCUTS, Superstreets, and median closures among alternatives. These alternatives have proven to reduce crashes in other areas where they have been implemented, but some people have expressed concern about how these proposed changes may affect local traffic patterns, and the alternatives themselves may be difficult for some vehicles to traverse in this area where typical modes of transportation include semitrailers, large slower moving farm equipment, Amish buggies and bicycles. From 2015-2019, there were 242 total crashes at intersections that ODOT analyzed in a study: two were fatal, 112 were injury accidents, 128 were property damage only. Major crash types included 112 rear-end and 78 angle crashes.