Ohio examines safety on I-75

| Monday, January 28, 2002

Ohio transportation officials are looking into more safety improvements to a deadly stretch of Interstate 75 in Butler and Warren counties. A Jan. 22 crash was the tenth fatal accident on the 12-mile stretch since November 2000.

Most of the crashes along the section of road running from just north of the Fox Highway in Liberty Township to Ohio 123 in Franklin have reportedly been on dry pavement and involved vehicles that crossed the median into oncoming traffic. Rumble strips installed in August 2001 to alert drivers they are going off the road have not been as effective as anticipated. Two accidents along the stretch have occurred since their installation. "We had hoped the rumble strips would make a significant difference," ODOT spokeswoman Kim Patton said.

Following the most-recent accidents, ODOT officials will study four safety improvements in the median. Possible improvements include installing guardrails, building concrete barriers, creating grassy mounds and regrading.

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