ODOT: U.S. 35 superstreet to reduce traffic congestion up to 53 percent


UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.

Major U.S. 35 construction is projected to eliminate dangerous left-hand turns, reduce traffic congestion and decrease the severity of crashes.

Between 60 and 70 residents turned out Tuesday night to hear the Ohio Department of Transportation’s plans for the state’s second “superstreet” during a hearing at the Beavercreek Public Works Department.

The planned superstreet on U.S. 35 will create U-turns instead of left-hand turns at the Orchard Lane and Factory Road intersections, which had 100 crashes over the last three years. The project is estimated to cost $16 million to $17 million, ODOT District 8 spokesman Brian Cunningham said.

>> Greene County asked to kick in more cash for U.S. 35 ‘superstreet’

“What the superstreet will do will allow more traffic to flow through that particular area. It will help decrease the severity of crashes,” Cunningham said.

Anthony Smerk knows all about driving on that stretch of U.S. 35 in Beavercreek, especially the daily rush-hour backups. He works with the Beavercreek Soccer Association, which is along U.S. 35 between Factory Road and Orchard Lane.

“It can be a pain ... We live in a generation everybody wants to get there quick,” he said.

STAY CONNECTED: Greene County News on Facebook

The superstreet can cut traffic congestion by as much as 53 percent, but likely will involve a learning curve for motorists.

“It will take some time for folks to familiarize themselves with the different traffic patterns,” Cunningham said.

Drivers traveling across U.S. 35 from Factory Road and Orchard Lane won’t be able to go straight through without turning right and making a U-Turn. Those who want to go left onto U.S. 35 also would have to make a U-turn to get through.

The only superstreet in Ohio spans three intersections of the Ohio 4 bypass in Butler County. It opened in the fall of 2011.

RELATED: Superstreet confuses some Butler County drivers

Construction on U.S. 35 would take about three years, and wouldn’t begin until 2019, ODOT officials said.

“If all lthis works out it’s better for everybody, we’re all on board. There’s no problem with that,” Smerk said.

FIRST REPORT

The Ohio Department of Transportation will share the latest information on plans to build Ohio’s second superstreet on a section of U.S. 35 in Beavercreek.

The meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight at the Beavercreek Public Works Department, 789 Orchard Lane.

STAY CONNECTED: Greene County News on Facebook

Engineers will be sharing information and soliciting comments and feedback from those who attend, according to ODOT District 8 spokesman Brian Cunningham.

The superstreet project, estimated at $16 to $17 million, involves creating legal U-turns at the Orchard Lane and Factory Road intersections on U.S. 35. 

>>> Greene County asked to kick in more cash for U.S. 35 ‘superstreet’

Construction is not expected to begin until at least 2019, Cunningham said.

Ohio has only one other superstreet — state Route 4 bypass in Butler County. The aim of a superstreet is to reduce the severity and frequency of crashes by eliminating left-hand turns and straightaways from side streets across a busy thoroughfare, Cunningham said.

“It allows for more capacity for travelers and it lowers the severity of crashes and the crash rate,” he said.

The long-term plan to improve U.S. 35 overall is estimated to cost $120 million, according to ODOT.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in News

Councilman apologizes for comments to Plush family amid calls for resignation
Councilman apologizes for comments to Plush family amid calls for resignation

A Cincinnati councilman is apologizing for comments he made to Kyle Plush’s family while the county’s republican chairman has called for his resignation. Democratic Cincinnati City Councilman Wendell Young implied Plush’s family may seek financial compensation for the teen’s death in a Tuesday special council meeting, saying...
Queen Elizabeth's last corgi dog put down
Queen Elizabeth's last corgi dog put down

The last of Queen Elizabeth’s corgis was put to sleep after a long struggle with cancer, The Daily Mail reported. The dog, Willow, was nearly 15. That means that for the first time since World War II, the Queen, 91, does not have a corgi in her household. Monty Roberts told Vanity Fair she didn’t want to have any more young...
WATCH: Cruiser camera catches house explosion after driver crashes into gas line
WATCH: Cruiser camera catches house explosion after driver crashes into gas line

Police cruiser camera caught footage of a house explosion after the driver of a car lost control and hit the house and struck a gas line. A mother, father and their adult son were inside the home at the time of the crash and explosion. Officers could hear screaming in the house and breached a back door to rescue the family from the wreckage, according...
40-plus cats euthanized after infection sweeps Tenn. animal shelter 
40-plus cats euthanized after infection sweeps Tenn. animal shelter 

An animal shelter in Tennessee is defending its decision to euthanize more than 40 cats after an infection swept through the facility.  According to WATE-TV, animal lovers became outraged after learning the Pets without Parents shelter, which was reported to be a “no-kill” facility, put down dozens of cats.  After weeks of...
Unauthorized field trip could cost Ohio high school teacher her job
Unauthorized field trip could cost Ohio high school teacher her job

An Ohio high school teacher is facing possible termination for taking 50 students on a college visit in March that was not approved by the school. The future employment of Trotwood High School teacher Khalilah Forte will be considered by the Trotwood City School Board in a special meeting Thursday. According to documents from last week&rsquo...
More Stories