City attempts to make road safer

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — City officials are making changes to a stretch of road where a man was hit and killed in March.

We found yellow pedestrian signs up at Gettysburg Avenue where Christopher Frock was struck by a car.

That’s just one of the improvements being made after the city conducted a traffic study of that stretch of road.

That study found about 6,000 vehicles a day drive through there going an average of 50 miles per hour.

When we asked Public Works officials about the other improvements they told me in the next few weeks they plan to make the street lights there brighter.

One addition that could take some time is a pedestrian crossing that will go in where people walking from the Men’s Gateway Shelter have to cross to get to the bus stop.

It will be the first of its kind in the city and will have a light that will turn red when people press the button to cross.

One improvement that won’t happen soon is installing sidewalks in that area. Officials say there’s not money for them in the budget.

We wanted to know if the changes there are enough.

“There’s not sidewalks but between the curb and the fence line there’s enough room you can walk,” says Public Works Director Fred Stovall. “I think with the lighting and the pedestrian crossing and the warning signs I think that will help pedestrian traffic be safer.”

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