Northland News

NCC officials: Intersections need city attention


Every major intersection on Morse Road between Interstate 71 and Northtowne Boulevard is on the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's list again as it released this year's list of the 40 most dangerous spots.

That, coupled with the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Morse Road once again earning the dubious distinction of being No. 1 on the crash list, has Dave Paul, chairman of the Northland Community Council's development committee, convinced it's time to again approach city officials about taking action.

MORPC's Top 40 is "based on a formula that considers number of crashes, traffic volume and severity," according to the planning agency's announcement late last month.

The top 10 high-crash intersections were:

* Cleveland Avenue and Morse Road

* West Broad Street and North Wilson Road

* Innis and Westerville roads

* Cleveland and Oakland Park avenues

* East Dublin-Granville Road and Maple Canyon Drive

* Morse and Westerville roads

* South Hamilton Road and East Livingston Avenue

* East Broad Street and Waggoner Road

* East Broad Street and James Road

* South Central Avenue and West Mound Street

According to the MORPC report, 2011 saw 67 crashes at the most dangerous intersection, slightly up from the 62 recorded in 2010 but down significantly from 2009's 104 accidents.

The overall number of accidents at Morse Road and Cleveland Avenue has dropped in recent years, Paul conceded.

"There's been improvement, but it still ranks pretty high," he said.

NCC President Emmanuel V. Remy noted that he's been pushing for a red-light camera at the intersection, but so far with no luck.

The Northland area has six intersections on the list of 40 most hazardous, including the top spot, Paul pointed out at last week's community council meeting.

While the area has 14 percent of the city's population, and so is bound to be statistically high in a traffic accident count, Paul said he plans to approach city traffic personnel regarding just how many problem intersections there are in the neighborhood.

"Even though central Ohio is growing, crashes continue to decline year by year, both in the region and among the top 40 high-crash intersections," MORPC Transportation Director Robert Lawler said in a release. "However, we still see too many people die and get injured in crashes with motor vehicles. Pedestrians and bicyclists are especially vulnerable when hit by a car.

"It is important that we continue to improve our roads and practice safer driving behavior.

"Crashes don't only take an emotional and physical toll on victims and their families, but also take an economic toll on all of us through higher medical and insurance costs, lost wages and damage to property."