Before that, Hamilton improved safety at the intersection of High Street with Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, followed by the intersection of Main Street with Millville and Eaton Avenues, also for safety reasons.
Meanwhile, ODOT is now operating a safety-funding program in which the state pays 100 percent for projects, including engineering, property purchases and construction, and Hamilton submitted an application for the Hampshire/Ohio 129 intersection.
“We thought we had a pretty good chance of getting funding for that, but unfortunately, our scoring in the ODOT funding system did not rate it high enough to be funded at this time,” Engle said. But, he added: “We have strong support from District 8 engineering. We’re working with them to revise our application and be able to increase the scoring on it, and we’ll be re-applying for that intersection this fall.”
The city may have to add some funding of its own to the estimated $4.5 million project, “but it’s such an important intersection for us to reduce the number of crashes that occur there that we’re going to do what we can,” Engle said.
In the four years from 2016 through 2019, the Hampshire/Ohio 129 intersection had 67 wrecks, and nearly 48 percent (32 of them) caused injuries.
Most of the intersection’s crashes involved a vehicle hitting another from behind, and 23 of the wrecks involved eastbound vehicles rear-ending others. The second most common type crash involved eastbound vehicles on Ohio 129 turning left onto northbound Hampshire Drive (13 such wrecks).
The most common times for crashes there were between noon and 6 p.m.