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New Signals, Signs May Help

March 12, 2013

Serious accidents on Ohio 7 in Martins Ferry are nothing new. The most recent crashes, in mid-February and March 6, injured several people, some seriously....

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Mar-14-13 10:08 AM

In other areas I've seen yellow overhead signs with lights that begin to flash when the traffic signal is going to change from green. The signs are located a half mile or so before the intersection and span the width of the road. They are hard to miss. Since every accident exposes the potential liability of ODOT and the city of Martins Ferry, wouldn't the cost of installing these signs seem reasonable?

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Mar-13-13 8:45 AM

More signs will not help. The most recent signs read "At grade intersections". Most people don't know what an "at grade intersection" is. But while their brains are trying to figure it out, they don't notice the semi that is accelerating from a red light at Hanover street. Then there is that stupid railroad crossing. Trucks stopping for the crossing, other drivers swerving searching for a smooth spot, mufflers and other parts being shaken off the car in front of you. Poor drainage in many areas, lines and lane markings barely visible. The traffic lights are too low and too small. Markings on Hanover and Aetna street are barely visible. When you turn from northbound 7 onto Aetna, you have to wait for people to figure out which lane on Aetna is a through lane and which is for the right turn into CVS, traffic backs up there. If you are waiting to turn from 7, you might be tempted to beat the southbound traffic. OK, There's your three month study!! Bills in the mail!!

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Mar-12-13 10:41 AM

No, it won't. People are no expecting red lights on a "highway". People do not pay attention while on the road.

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