By Rick Palsgrove
The intersection of Bixby and Ebright roads has become a frequent accident scene recently.
According to Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams, 21 accidents have occurred at this intersection between Jan. 1, 2022 and to January 2024. He said 60 percent were non-injury accidents and 40 percent had injuries.
“We have re-engaged our traffic engineering consultant to revisit the 2020 study of traffic conditions at this intersection,” said Groveport City Engineer Steve Farst. “There has been a rise in traffic accidents in 2022 and 2023, and hence it was appropriate to examine recent crashes and to collect new traffic volume data and to consider if changes traffic control measures might be warranted. The study includes an examination of crash history and type, from 2021 to 2023.”
Farst said the city received a draft report from the consultant on Jan. 11 and it is now being reviewed.
“We also plan to discuss it with the Franklin County Engineer’s office,” said Farst. “Soon, we expect to address Groveport City Council on this study update and to discuss future measures.”
Farst said that, after the 2020 study was discussed with council, the city continued to upgrade pavement conditions and markings and stop signs, and added “stop signs ahead” signage at the intersection. Stop signs were made larger, with a “cross-traffic does not stop” sign added on the Bixby Road approaches. Reflective surface strips were added as well on sign posts. On Ebright Road, the city ordered and installed an advance warning sign system to advise Ebright Road travelers with flashing beacons, when a vehicle is at the Bixby Road stop bar. Also, overhead lighting was added a few years ago.
When asked what it is about this intersection that has makes it dangerous, Adams said that, on the accident reports he has read, many of the drivers passing through this intersection are “in a hurry” and that, though they may stop at the stop sign, they are not yielding to oncoming vehicles because they are trying to beat the traffic.
Groveport City Administrator B.J. King noted the area is partly in Groveport and partly in Madison Township, so the entities would need to work together for a solution.
Farst said Ebright Road is a county road, except for a 700 foot long segment that is in Groveport, beginning at a point about 530 feet north of the Bixby Road intersection, and ending at a point about 173 feet south of the intersection.
“The intersection is in the city of Groveport,” said Farst. “We have kept the county engineer and township advised of the issues we have and have spoken several times. They will be given a copy of the study update for their review and comments and we hope to meet with them soon.”
Council members expressed concern about the frequency of vehicle accidents at the intersection.
Councilman Ed Dildine asked King to contact the Ohio Department of Transportation regarding their timeline for the construction of the Bixby Road/U.S. Route 33 interchange, stating that once that is built, it could alleviate the traffic situation at Bixby and Ebright roads.