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PUBLIC INPUT NEEDED – Interactive Map for Traffic Improvements

NORTHWEST OHIO TRANSPORTATION SAFETY PLAN
The City of Oregon, along with the Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, and Sandusky County Engineer’s offices, is seeking the input of citizens in northwest Ohio to improve the safety of our transportation network across the region. Community members are encouraged to submit traffic and pedestrian improvement suggestions by accessing the Northwest Ohio Transportation Safety Plan public input map linked here: https://wikimapping.com/NorthwestOhioTransportationSafetyPlan.html.

This online tool allows users to point to any location on the map within Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, and Sandusky counties and provide constructive feedback on the safety and efficiency of these places. Users can comment on anything from observations of bad driving behaviors, like speeding and distracted driving, or on improvements needed, ranging from significant projects like a roundabout or road widening, to more simple fixes like restriping the road or new lighting. Both positive feedback, identifying where things are working, and critical feedback, identifying areas for improvement and change, are welcome and encouraged.

In February 2023, the Lucas County Engineer’s Office, along with Wood, Ottawa and Sandusky counties, was one of 510 recipients nationwide to receive a $400,000 federal grant as part of the new Safe Streets and Roads for All Program (SS4A). This grant allows for the creation of a Transportation Safety Action Plan, which will identify measures, locations and projects that will lead to a safer and more equitable transportation system, with the main goal of reducing traffic fatalities.

This past year, all four County Engineer’s offices have been working with transportation consulting firm Toole Design to develop this action plan, looking at traffic crash data and identifying the biggest problem areas across the region, and diving into the why’s and how’s, including driver behaviors and user access to safe roads and transportation methods. The core advisory team has been speaking with stakeholders and representatives across all four counties, urban, suburban and rural as well as different users of the systems from car and motorcycle drivers to users of public transportation, bicycles and other modes