Friday, August 10, 2001

Rumble strips put on I-75

Bumps meant to alert straying drivers

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Rumble strips were installed this week along 14 miles of Interstate 75 where 11 people have died since November.

        The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) spent $29,000 to install the rumble strips in Butler and Warren counties, between the Michael A. Fox Highway and south of Ohio 73, to prevent motorists from crossing the median into oncoming traffic.

        Work was to be completed by this morning.

        Jay Hamilton, traffic planning engineer for ODOT's District 8, said the rumble strips should alert motorists that they are about to leave the paved portion of the highway.

        “Rumble strips have been proven to reduce the number of vehicles that run off of the roadway,” Mr. Hamilton said.

        The six fatal median-crossover crashes, which have caused 10 deaths since November, cannot be blamed on the road design, Lt. Michael Black, commander of the Hamilton post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said.

        The most recent death on that stretch of I-75 occurred July 28 when a motorist driving southbound into northbound traffic struck another car. He was killed instantly.

        “All of the fatals in that area are driver error,” Lt. Black said.

        “There's nothing wrong with that stretch of roadway. Rumble strips are a safety precaution but they can only do so much. The brunt of the responsibility is still on the driver.”


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