Every day, Amelia Wilson commutes one mile down Lyons Road from her apartment to her work on S.R. 741.
The route requires Wilson to walk on a narrow shoulder, over a bridge straddling I-75, just several feet from vehicles zooming past at 45 miles per hour.
“It’s really scary,” Wilson says.”I have a 9-year-old son. I am terrified of him walking with me down the street.”
Recognizing the concerns from residents around Lyons Road and Byers Road, the Miami Township Board of Trustees recently approved a measure to improve pedestrian safety in the busy corridor.
“We know that it’s certainly a problem that we want to address before there is a significant incident out here,” said Chris Snyder, the Community Development Director for Miami Township.
A $1.9 million enhancement project is moving forward with bid solicitations following a board meeting Tuesday. It includes plans to create a 10 foot wide walkway, connecting with current bike paths and leading to the commercial area on S.R. 741 known as the Miami Crossing District, along with improvements to curbs and gutters, bridge enhancements and street paving.
“We like to encourage people to be able to walk and bike through the district and feel safe doing so,” Snyder said.
Pedestrians like Wilson tell 2 NEWS the improvements are long overdue.
“This is a community full of kids and I’m not the only mother who has to walk up and down this street,” Wilson said. “(The improvements) would be a big burden off of everyone’s shoulders.”
The project is a collaborative effort between the Township, the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District and the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. Funding will come from a combination of Tax Incremental Financing from the Dayton Mall area and a federal grant.
Construction will begin this year, with a goal of completion before this winter.