(Posted Aug. 21, 2019)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Local and state officials are looking into possible safety improvements at the intersection of Spring Valley Road and State Route 665 east of London.
Multiple crashes, including some that resulted in fatalities, have occurred at the intersection.
“The crash history at this intersection is well documented and has affected many of us in this community,” said Madison County Engineer Bryan Dhume.
On Aug. 16, Dhume met with Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) officials at the site. Madison County Commissioner Tony Xenikis, who lives at the intersection, and other adjoining property owners also were on hand. Dhume said ODOT initiated the meeting.
“ODOT is currently considering safety solutions at the intersection, and the Madison County Engineer’s Office will assist in any way it can,” he said.
Dhume is gathering public input on factors that might be contributing to crashes or near misses at the intersection. Responses have pointed to the angle of the intersection, rises in the road, road width, excessive speed, location of stop signs, and problems with visibility caused by fences, high grasses, crops, and electric poles.
Short-term solutions could include relocation of fences and electric poles, regular mowing, and changes in the stop lines at the stop signs, Dhume said. Long-term solutions could include an expanded intersection and a roundabout that can accommodate large farm equipment, he added.
Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration has doubled the amount of money allocated to road safety projects in Ohio with an emphasis on rural intersections. Dhume said his office might be able to put some of its Highway Safety funds toward improvements at Spring Valley and Route 665 if it will help move the project forward more quickly.
Anyone who wishes to comment on the safety conditions at the intersection can contact Dhume at (740) 852-9404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.