When state officials were considering whether to grant the intersection a special designation that ultimately won it 90-percent funding from Ohio, they found the number of wrecks from 2008-2010 ranked it among Ohio’s “Top 100 Non-Freeway Fatal and Serious Injury Locations.”
The main part of the work is altering the angles at which Millville and Eaton intersect with Main. Rather than being at their current sharp angles, they will join Main at 90-degree angles, which will make it easier for drivers to see oncoming traffic. The improvements also should improve traffic flow.
Meanwhile, with extra land that will become available at the intersection, the non-profit City of Sculpture organization hopes to install a striking metal sculpture there next year, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Hamilton being named a city of sculpture. Funds are being raised privately.
Around June, construction crews will start working on the Eaton Avenue part of the intersection, city Engineer Rich Engle has said.