7 Fatalities and 24 Accidents on U.S. 24 Since 2009

By ISABELLA MOLLER | imoller@kark.com

Published 08/07 2014 10:11PM

Updated 08/08 2014 08:14AM

“How many more is it going to take for them to listen and do something about it?”

Shelly Howell, who lives off of County Road 87 is very concerned with the amount of traffic and amount of accidents the new US 24 has caused since its opening in Paulding County in October 2009.

Since the opening of this section there have been 7 deaths and 24 crashes at the at-grade intersections that have caused pain for several people.

Several families and friends have lost loved ones on here on County Road 143 and U.S. 24 which is why the Ohio Department of Transportation is holding a discussion.

Kirk Slusher, the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director held the discussion Thursday evening. He hopes hearing from the public will give him a direction of where to go from here.

“Some have different angles and so that might be contributing to some of the accidents."

"Driver behavior? Is that causing some of the accidents that we’re having throughout the corridor?” said Slusher.

Howell said she’s had a close call and doesn’t pull out in the median because it’s so dangerous.

“You’re wondering are they going to dart out in front of you, do they see you its just scary,” said Howell.

Several families that lost loved ones sat at the meeting listening to Slusher and a State Trooper.

On US 24 in Paulding County from 2010 to present:

-Overwhelming majority of accidents are occurring on the far side of the divided highway

-Majority of the drivers are local to the area

-Majority of the accidents are occurring at County Roads 143, 133, 115, and 87

-Concentration of accidents is not at the intersections with the highest traffic volumes

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