Contractor Selected for Safety Study
The rate of vehicle crashes causing fatalities has been steadily dropping in Ohio, at least partially due to ODOT programs to identify and address high crash locations. However vehicle accident deaths still exceed 1,000 people per year. Ongoing programs address road safety in the state and regionally. TMACOG recently selected Mannik & Smith to complete a regional safety report for Lucas and Wood counties. The two-county study is intended to complement (not duplicate) the Safety Work Program already developed by ODOT that focuses on freeways, state, and U.S. routes for ODOT District Two.
The task for Mannik & Smith is to identify the top 25 locations in both Lucas and Wood counties where there are the most accidents. They will use the Ohio Enhanced Crash Location Identification System methodology that focuses on high hazard locations having fatal and injury crashes. For each road segment identified as a high crash location, local jurisdictions will analyze the information and will develop countermeasures with the assistance and review of ODOT staff. Solutions could range from changing signal lights or addressing visibility problems, to adding turn lanes or completely re-engineering an intersection. The target completion date for the final report is June 2011.
Mannik & Smith was one of six firms that submitted proposals. Proposals were evaluated and ranked by TMACOG staff. For more information about crash data in Ohio, click here.