DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – It’s known as the crossroads of America, where I-70 meets I-75, but it’s been a treacherous area.
The flyover ramp from I-75 northbound onto I-70 westbound has seen its share of accidents over the years.
But ODOT says accidents at that interchange are on the decline and they have taken steps to make the area safer.
“We’ve had about 25 crashes at that ramp [in the last four years]. Sixty-seven per cent of those were speed related,” said ODOT District 7 Public Information Officer Mandi Dillon.
Just this week: a semi overturned on the on-ramp, and last month, another semi carrying thousands of pigs also overturned on the curve.
Dillon says it’s been a long-standing challenge for engineers.
“We are always looking at this ramp. We’re always studying just to see if there’s anything else that can be done,” Dillon said. “We’ve added signage at that location, we’ve also gone out and enlarged the warning signs and the reduced speed limit signs so that they’re larger at that location.”
And the results are paying off. ODOT is reporting a downward trend in crashes at that location.
There were nine crashes in 2015, there were seven in 2016, five in 2017, and last year there were four.