ODOT signs target I-75 speeders

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A new interstate sign is meant to be a warning for drivers of what can happen in a flash if they are not careful.

The Ohio Department of Transportation installed flashing LED speed limit signs on Interstate 75 south near the Stanley Avenue exit.

They are designed to help eliminate the high number of crashes on that section of interstate.

“High speed is the primary reason for most of those incidents,” says Scott LeBlanc, ODOT District 7 Area Engineer.

After a series of them early last year, we asked if anything was going to be done to make that stretch safer.

Crews put grooves in the pavement later that year to help get rid of water because many of the crashes happened when it rained.

“After the grooving was done in the summer of  ’13, we saw a high reduction in the incidents on northbound I-75 near the Stanley Avenue exit,” LeBlanc says.

Crashes were not reduced as much on the southbound side, so that is why the signs were put up a few weeks ago.

We wanted to know what impact the changes will have on safety.

“You’re never satisfied until you have zero traffic accidents, if it’s possible to achieve that,” LeBlanc says.  “We’re still looking into southbound. We’ll see how these signs affect the incident rating there.”

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