(Posted Oct. 2, 2019)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Short-term safety improvements are in the works at the intersection of Spring Valley Road and State Route 665 east of London.
Bryan Dhume, Madison County engineer, reported on Oct. 1 that the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has secured an agreement with the property owner at the intersection’s southeast corner. ODOT will remove the white fence on the property and relocate a field entrance at the intersection to a location farther down Spring Valley Road. ODOT then will move the stop sign and stop bar forward on Spring Valley Road.
Additionally, ODOT will relocate the 665 route signs to further improve visibility.
“This isn’t all we’re going to do. These are changes we can do quickly and inexpensively while we work on longer-term fixes,” Dhume said.
The county and ODOT will monitor crash history for six to 12 months following the short-term improvements to determine what kind of longer-term improvements are needed.
The move to make improvements follows a meeting ODOT initiated with county officials in August. Dhume also collected public input about safety issues at the intersection. Multiple crashes, including some that resulted in fatalities, have occurred at the intersection.
Dhume also is working with ODOT on safety concerns at the intersection of Plain City Georgesville Road and Converse Huff/Cemetery Pike in Plain City. Dhume said he’s hoping ODOT will help to fund a safety study.
“The intersection has a significant crash history, including fatalities in recent years,” he said.