“This section of I-71 was selected using criteria that includes 911 calls, wrong-way and alcohol crashes, the number of alcohol establishments located within close proximity, and ramp traffic volumes," said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks.
This will be the first time these detection devices have been installed as a system in Ohio. Officials said two other standalone devices in Columbus and in Cleveland have been tested with positive results.
"Not only do these devices add another layer to alert drivers that they're driving in the wrong direction, they allow us to capture data about where these drivers are trying to enter our highways," Marchbanks said.
ODOT has been targeting highway ramps in 16 Ohio counties: Cuyahoga, Belmont, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lake, Licking, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Montgomery, Richland, Stark, Trumball and Wood with additional signage, reflectivity and striping.
Over the past decade, 82 percent of wrong-way crashes in Ohio have occurred in these counties, ODOT says.
The Miami Valley has seen a number of wrong-way crashes, including some that have turned fatal. On St. Patrick’s day, Abby Michaels is accused of driving the wrong way on Interstate 75 in Moraine and colliding with another vehicle, killing three members of a Mason family. Michaels was arraigned Tuesday morning and received a $3 million bond.