At neighbors’ demand, Huber Heights addresses road safety concerns

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Steve Corcoran said he started bringing his concerns about a dangerous intersection to the city almost a decade ago. In 2013, he compiled a letter, ten years of crash reports and a petition signed by fellow neighbors who agreed pulling onto Fishburg Road from Aaron Lane was stressful at best.

“Every time you go down there it’s always a concern,” Corcoran said. “Everyone that comes to my house – I always tell them what the problem is down there.”

The longtime Aaron Lane resident explained it’s difficult to see oncoming traffic from the busy Fishburg Road.

“If you don’t look both ways three or four times and then really go fast, you pull out in front of people,” he said.

According to Corcoran, there were 18 crashes, including two fatalities, on Fishburg Road, between Old Troy Pike and Endicott Road between 2003 and 2013. He still keeps several file folders packed with the printed incident reports he used to corroborate his claims the road was dangerous.

Five years after Corcoran and his neighbors turned over their research to the Huber Heights city council, the city approved a massive overhaul of the road.

City engineer Russ Bergman explained the timing was right and funding became available from the Ohio Public Works Commission to cover half of the $350,000 project.

“It’s one of the last two or three roads in our city that are unsafe, that have hills or valleys in them that create sight-distance issues for people,” Bergman said.

He said it will take at least two months for crews to level out the road and improve visibility for drivers. During that time, Fishburg Road will be closed between Aaron Lane and Endicott Road. 

Corcoran said he’d also like to see Fishburg fixed to the East, between Aaron Lane and Old Troy Pike, but he’s grateful the project is proceeding.

“They’re doing it. The bottom line is that’s what we all wanted and that’s what’s going to happen,” Corcoran said.

During construction, drivers can take Chambersburg Road as a alternate route. Local traffic will be maintained. 

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