Plan to remove stop lights on US 35

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio Department of Transportation unveiled its plans Wednesday to get rid of the stop lights on US 35 through Beavercreek.

The plan would turn US 35 between North Fairfield Road and the Xenia Bypass into what’s called a limited access highway, basically one with only exit and entrance ramps.

ODOT officials say the stretch is the only one with stop lights on US 35 between I-75 and the West Virginia border.

“We’re looking to reduce the congestion and hopefully reduce the accidents,” says ODOT District 8 spokesperson Sharon Smigielski.

The changes would create two access ramps, one at Factory Road and one at Trebein and Valley roads.

The plans also include turnarounds to make it easier for drivers to get to the businesses along that stretch.

“This is a way to provide those businesses access to 35 without providing them direct access to 35,” Smigielski says.

Lining that stretch of US 35 are a handful of major car dealerships.

We called them to ask about the changes.

A spokesperson for one of them says they did a study that shows the project will lead to the loss of 400 jobs.

They say the biggest concern would be the construction and detours that will make it hard to get around and could lead some smaller businesses to close.

They tell us there’s mixed opinions on whether things will be better or worse for businesses once work is finished.

Residents and businesses weighed in Wednesday on the plans at a meeting.

Right now there’s no set date on when the project would start because funding for it still hasn’t been approved yet.

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