New traffic lights will hopefully slow crashes in Wellington’s busiest intersection.
A $230,000 project at Herrick Avenue and Main Street will bring new turn arrows and crosswalk signals. The Ohio Department of Transportation is paying $180,000 while Wellington will take care of the remainder.
Concrete work began July 25 with the hope of the project being completed by Sep 26.
The project targets a high-frequency crash area, said ODOT District III spokeswoman Haley Donofrio: “Based on the types of crashes that were occurring, signal improvements were recommended and approved for the funding.”
Donofrio said the improvements will also include minor sidewalk work, new curb ramps, and improved turn alignment.
Incandescent bulbs will be replaced with LED ones to improve visibility and new timing on the lights will be implemented using new traffic counts as a reference. Protected left turn arrows will also be added to all lights in the intersection.
“There was a slight jog on (state Rt.) 58 where the lanes weren’t properly aligned when drivers turn,” said Donofrio. “Through striping we’re going to fix that without widening the road.”
The intersection has been the sight of 24 crashes in the past three years, according to ODOT.
“That number is higher than what’s to be expected there,” Donofrio said. “The types of crashes should be mitigated with improvements. Visibility will help with angled and rear end crashes while the new timing and protected turn changes will help with rear end and left turn incidents.”
She laid out a timetable for specific phases of the project. New foundations are being installed this week; signal supports and pedestrian polls start the week of Aug. 15; a new signal controller, wiring, and signal heads will be installed Aug. 22 and 23; replacement of removed sidewalk and concrete will be done from Aug. 29 to Sept. 16; marking new traffic lane alignments is set for Sept. 19-23; and the signal should be activated Sept. 26.
Scheduling is subject to change based on weather and contractor availability, Donofrio said.
ODOT dedicates about $102 million annually for engineering improvements at locations identified as high risk.
Funding requests typically range from $200,000 to $5 million but ODOT will consider projects up to $10 million. Funding is available for all stages of development and typically requires a minimum 10 percent local match.
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Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Work began the week of July 25 on a traffic signal improvement project at the intersection of Herrick Avenue and Main Street.