The “road diet” concept was selected to improve the safety performance of Shroyer Road for all transportation modes by reducing all crash types.
“Understandably, there was quite a bit of concern expressed around the community when we first proposed this project in 2016. It represented a significant change to one of our thoroughfares, a roadway that carries about 15,000 vehicles per day,” City Manager Norbert Klopsch told the Dayton Daily News. “As the statistics show, the project has been very successful. From comments that we have received over the past couple of years, the change is well received by our citizens.”
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There were 21 crashes between 2017-19 on that stretch of roadway, a 66 percent decrease from 2014-16, according to Oakwood research.
The research also suggested that higher risk drivers benefited from the “road diet.” The Oakwood data shows crashes in these age groups reduced from 40 to 10 crashes in the two time periods.
“In addition to the safety metrics that make the Road Diet a success for Oakwood residents and for motorists using Shroyer Road, the quality of life has also been enhanced by increasing the offset of the travel lane to the sidewalk by 5 feet and aesthetic enhancements attributed to the landscaped medians,” Klopsch said.
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