Ambrose officials anticipate between 600 and 1,000 jobs in the e-commerce and light industrial industries at the property as tenants lease space as buildings are constructed.
The intersection improvement project will benefit current businesses, as well as, facilitate future developments along Seward Road, Mann said. He also said the improvements will mitigate impacts on an increase of traffic, especially truck traffic.
The project will improve the safety of the intersection, said City Manager Mark Wendling, calling Ohio 4 and Seward Road a “top priority” for traffic improvements.
“This project will address capacity and safety issues by making a significant change to lane utilization as well as overall improvements to the traffic signal,” he said.
Nearly a quarter of all accidents at Ohio 4 and Seward Road between 2017 and 2019 were injury-related, according to city data. A third of those accidents involved one vehicle rear-ending another, and 26.6 percent were an angled crash, according to a safety study of the intersection. The percentage of accidents are higher than statewide averages, according to the city.
If ODOT awards Fairfield the grant ― which would fund about 90 percent of the $3.1 million project ― engineering would begin in 2021 and right-of-way would be purchased in 2022 and 2023. Construction would likely begin in 2024.
Mann said if the city is not awarded the grant, they’d reapply because it would be needed to perform the work.
Between 2017 and 2019, 64 accidents at Ohio 4 and Seward Road in Fairfield have been injury-related, which is 23.4 of all accidents. Here’s a breakdown of when those injury accidents occurred:
- Fridays: 16 (25 percent)
- Tuesdays: 12 (18.8 percent)
- Monday: 12 (18.8 percent)
- Thursdays: 9 (14.1 percent)
- Wednesdays: 7 (10.9 percent)
- Saturday: 6 (9.4 percent)
- Sunday: 2 (3.1 percent)
Source: city of Fairfield