The Ohio Department of Transportation and Genoa Township officials are hoping that additional stop signs installed at the intersection of Plumb Road and state Route 3 will decrease the number of accidents at that site.

The Ohio Department of Transportation and Genoa Township officials are hoping that additional stop signs installed at the intersection of Plumb Road and state Route 3 will decrease the number of accidents at that site.

In the three years between 2008 and 2011, 15 crashes have occurred at the intersection, said Nancy Burton, ODOT spokesperson. The signs were installed in mid-September, she said.

The additional stop signs were installed after Genoa Township officials asked ODOT to look into accidents at the intersection.

ODOT has “double-signed the intersection,” said Paul Wise, township administrator.

When motorists on Plumb Road stop at Route 3, they now see stop signs with reflective posts on their right and left, he said.

“It’s hard to miss the stop signs,” Wise said. “We’re hoping that will help people at that intersection who are new to the area and don’t know that there’s a stop sign.”

ODOT opted to use the special signs for a couple of reasons, Burton said.

“The dual-mounted stop signs place more emphasis on ‘stopping’ and indicate to motorists with two signs, not one, how important it is. Dual stop signs draw additional attention and indicate the severity of the intersection,” she said.

The township and department have been discussing the intersection for a number of weeks.

Genoa police chief Robert Taylor on Sept. 1 told township trustees he was concerned about the intersection. Taylor said a very serious car wreck occurred there last month, and fatal accidents have taken place in the past.

Wise on Sept. 1 told township trustees he had asked ODOT to look at the intersection.

“(ODOT was) saying it looks more like people are not making it across the intersection than they were blowing through the intersection,” Wise said. “(Some drivers) are not judging traffic correctly.”

ODOT studied accidents at the intersection “trying to define what the causes of the accidents were and do whatever it takes to adjust the planning for the intersection based on how the accidents occurred,” Wise said.

Wise said he asked about stop signs with solar-powered LEDs. ODOT said local residents become immune to those signs.

“This is an ODOT-maintained intersection of a township road and state route, though I did speak with both Genoa Township and ODOT District 6 about it after a recent severe crash,” said Rob Riley, chief deputy engineer for Delaware County.

Taylor said, “People traveling that area: please be very cautious.”

“One of the issues is the volume of (Route) 3 compared to Plumb Road,” Burton said. “It’s also a four-way intersection and there are a considerable number of vehicles on Route 3.”

The average daily traffic on plumb road is 1,000 vehicles. The average for state Route 3 is 11,000 vehicles, said Burton.

Taylor said he hopes a traffic signal will be installed soon.