After signs and speed monitoring hasn’t done enough to reduce the number of crashes at a dangerous intersection, the state is planning a new design.
However, the Ohio Department of Transportation’s plan for U.S. 42 at Spring Valley Paintersville Road has met opposition in the community.
Tom Arnold, an ODOT planning engineer, met with residents Monday night about the R-cut intersection to explain how it works and to address questions.
The intersection has averaged one injury crash every three or four months for the last 12 years, including some deadly. Despite signs, there are still a consistent number of crashes, Arnold said.
“So now we’re stepping up a little bit with a project that’s going to reduce the conflict points at the intersection, which are those locations where crashes tend to occur,” he said.
Typical intersections have 32 conflict points, and the R-cut design will take that down to eight, Arnold said.
“They’ve been shown to reduce fatal and serious injuries by more than half,” he said of the design.
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