The Ohio Department of Transportation says it plans to improve the U.S. Route 24 corridor in Paulding, Defiance and Henry counties. The announcement yesterday, comes following a number of accidents which have occurred at the at-grade intersections along the route.
Among the planned changes are the placement of video cameras at two intersections in Paulding County. The cameras will be temporarily installed at the intersections of 24 and county roads 87 and 143 Oct. 14 and will begin recording immediately for one week. Officials say the cameras are intended to provide valuable insight into how drivers on U.S. 24 and those traveling through the intersections are negotiating their movements during both day and nighttime hours, and help officials see what roadway conditions or driver behaviors could be contributing to the occurrence of accidents.
The intersections were chosen for videoing because of the number of accidents and fatalities which have occurred at each of them. From 2010 through June of 2014, six accidents occurred at County Road 143 with three fatalities resulting. At County Road 87, four accidents occurred with three fatalities resulting.
Other safety improvements are also planned for the highway corridor.