Fairborn’s city engineers announced last month that a roundabout will be constructed in 2019 at Colonel Glenn Highway and Kauffman Avenue — the city’s fifth-most dangerous intersection.
The story became popular on our Facebook page, where residents posed a question: Which four Fairborn intersections are considered more dangerous?
This week, the city announced a new website to answer those frequently asked questions about the roundabout. (READ MORE: Fairborn’s first traffic roundabout focus of new website)
Here’s a look at the top five most dangerous intersections in Fairborn (based on 2013-2015 crash numbers) and why engineers think the fifth-most dangerous is the best fit for a roundabout:
1. Colonel Glenn Highway at North Fairfield Road (97 crashes): City engineers say there is “no easy fix” at this intersection — and if there was, it would “likely be very expensive.” The traffic signals at this location are in good condition, engineers said, but the traffic volume is likely too high for a roundabout.
2. Colonel Glenn Highway at University Boulevard (45 crashes): Again, city engineers said there isn’t an easy, inexpensive fix for the intersection. As with the intersection at North Fairfield Road, the traffic is likely too high for a roundabout, while the signal structure is in good condition.
3. Dayton Yellow Springs Road at Kauffman Avenue (38 crashes): While the data are for 2013-15, the Ohio Department of Transportation made intersection changes in 2015, which engineers say should reduce the number of crashes. The intersection has seen lane adjustments, radius cutbacks and new signals.
4. Maple Avenue at Xenia Drive (21 crashes): Engineers said traffic signals at the intersection will be more visible with new signal heads and back plates installed in 2016. This, the city said, should decrease the likelihood of running red lights. Space constraints also restrict the construction of a roundabout.
5. Colonel Glenn Highway at Kauffman Avenue (18 crashes): The city said traffic volumes are right for a roundabout, as is the amount of space at the intersection. Don O’Connor, city engineer, said the current angle of the intersection makes it difficult for drivers making right turns onto Kauffman to turn far enough left to see oncoming traffic.
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