Dangerous Ohio 725 intersection targeted in ODOT plan

Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 1:54 PM


            The Ohio Department of Transportation is seeking public comment about two upcoming road construction projects.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is seeking public comment about two upcoming road construction projects.

A dangerous intersection on Ohio 725 in Washington Twp. may be altered next year, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation, which is seeking public comment on the project.

The intersection of Ohio 725 and Washington Village Drive “has been identified as a high crash location on ODOT’s Safety Priority List” according to ODOT documents.

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That intersection is just east of the I-675 and Ohio 725 interchange, with a Carvers restaurant on the north side, and small strip shopping centers and fast food outlets on the south side.

Traffic on both sides of Washington Village Drive currently comes to stop signs when they reach Ohio 725, which is also called Miamisburg-Centerville Road at that point. If traffic clears, drivers can try to cross or turn left onto 725, which is six lanes wide at that point.

The project would construct a partial concrete median on Ohio 725 at that intersection, allowing traffic from 725 to turn left onto Washington Village, but meaning cars on Washington Village could only turn right onto 725, rather than allowing them to turn left or go straight through.

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The work would be done as part of a larger repaving project on Ohio 725 and 741 that is planned for summer 2019 (741 from just north of Austin Pike to the Dayton Mall, and 725 from the Dayton Mall east to Normandy Lane). That full project would take about three months to complete, with traffic on those roads affected by lane closures.

ODOT officials said anyone interested in giving feedback on the project can submit comments to Tricia Bishop at 937-497-6721 or Tricia.Bishop@dot.ohio.gov.

Kettering/Beavercreek project

ODOT is also seeking comment on a proposed project much further in the future — a plan to widen a half-mile stretch of County Line Road from three lanes to five lanes.

The project would go from Dorothy Lane, adjacent to The Greene Towne Center, north to Vale Drive near Bella Villa Hall and Research Park. County Line/Stroop Road is five lanes wide just north and south of that three-lane stretch. ODOT documents list the current three-lane road, primarily through a residential area, as “approaching unstable flow” during peak travel time.

The project is listed for “environmental clearance” in January 2019, but a funding award date is not anticipated until 2021. Again, comments on the project can be sent to ODOT via Tricia Bishop at 937-497-6721 or Tricia.Bishop@dot.ohio.gov.

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