LIMA, Ohio (Aug. 17, 2018) – The median crossovers at county Highway 50 and county Highway 121 along U.S. 23/U.S. 30, Upper Sandusky, will be closed this month and removal of all access there will be considered next year.
The medians at county Highway 50 and county Highway 121 along U.S. 23/U.S. 30 will be closed off initially with construction barrels during the week of Aug. 27. Signage on U.S. 23/U.S. 30 and on the local roads approaching the intersections will be modified to reflect the change in access.
Right turns onto and off the highway will be permitted at the two intersections, but traffic will be unable to make left turns at the intersections. Additionally, traffic on county Highway 50 and county Highway 121 will be unable to cross the highway at the intersections.
The closures are in response to a study of the U.S. 23/state Route 15 corridor through Hancock and Wyandot counties recently completed by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). Among the study’s recommendations is the complete removal of access to the highway at county Highway 50 and county Highway 121. ODOT is choosing to close only the medians now as an immediate response to the study’s findings. Removal of all access to the highway at these locations will be considered following public involvement early next year.
“The study’s recommendations are based on the number, type and severity of accidents at the two intersections, as well as traffic volumes in the area,” said Kirk Slusher, deputy director of ODOT District 1. “The U.S. 23/U.S. 30 overlap around Upper Sandusky experiences traffic volumes nearly double that of the rest of the highway, so controlling access to that section is especially important for motorists’ safety,” he said.
The decision to close the medians was made in concurrence with local officials.