DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A four-mile stretch of road, identified as high-risk, could soon see improvements.
A recent study found 900 crashes between 2015-2017 on North Main Street, in the area between Great Miami Blvd. in Dayton and Shiloh Springs Rd. in Harrison Township.
Of the crashes during the two-year span, 36 involved pedestrians and 7 total were fatal.
The study, conducted by engineering firm Burgess and Niple, was commissioned by the city of Dayton and the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) with significant funding provided by ODOT.
The firm is looking into possible causes of the crashes so a steering committee can propose solutions. The state says the frequent fatalities make it a high priority.
“In particular, where you have a lot of pedestrian crashes, they also tend to be very serious… high injury rates or fatalities,” said Ana Ramirez, the director of long range planning and engineering at MVRPC.
Ramirez explained a combination of factors may be contributing to the area’s susceptibility for crashes, including road design, poor lighting and carelessness.
She reminded drivers and pedestrians to both follow traffic laws and use common sense. Aside from encouraging safe behaviors, a consultant has also proposed making crosswalks more visible, adding more signage and lights or limiting traffic by turning sections of the 4-lane road into 2 lanes.
Tuesday, February 19th, MVRPC, ODOT and leaders from the city of Dayton are hosting a public forum to exchange ideas with those who frequent North Main Street.
“As users, they’re going to know what works for them and for their community,” Ramirez said.
Following the meeting, the steering committee will develop recommendations and eventually apply for funding.
- Tuesday, February 19
- 5:30-7:00 p.m.
- Assembly Room 2, Montgomery County Children Services, 3304 N. Main St.