Ohio has 121,000 miles of road, but only 16 percent of them are maintained by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). The remaining 101,640 miles of road are built and maintained by local governments. Between 2008 and 2012, 62 percent of all traffic-related severe injuries occurred on these local roads along with 55 percent of all traffic deaths. Local roads also have the highest number of traffic deaths or serious injuries involving bicycles, pedestrians, intersections, alcohol, speed, motorcycles and young drivers.
Because of the high proportion of injury and death on local roads, ODOT has retained B&N and Cambridge Systematics, Inc. to develop Local Road Safety Plans (LRSPs) for counties and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). The LRSP identifies, analyzes and prioritizes holistic safety solutions for that location.
B&N’s Kendra Schenk, PE, PTOE, RSP will join Jordan Whisler, PE from ODOT and Nicole Waldheim from Cambridge Systematics, Inc. to detail the safety statistics on local roads, local governments’ eligibility to receive an LRSP, the LRSP request process, the types of improvements an LRSP can generate for a community and examples of the LRSPs that have already been developed.