Fairfield’s road repair work wins award

May 9, 2017 by  

Last year, Fairfield made improvements to one of its most accident-prone, congested intersections.

The work completed on the Ohio 4/S, Gilmore Road/Holden Boulevard intersection earned Fairfield the first Bronze Greenroads Foundation certification awarded in the state.

Ben Mann, Fairfield’s City Engineer, noted that this is one of the city’s busiest intersections, serving a number of businesses and schools. Given this, it was the goal of the work to improve the safety of pedestrians and motorists, and improve traffic flow.

The Bronze Certification was difficult to earn, since the repairs had to meet 12 criteria, including using best practices, recycled materials, and keeping costs down. Other accomplishments that helped with the certification include the fact there were no environmental violations or fines levied during the work, and there were no injuries reported during the project. There were 178 construction workers on the job, 73% of whom lived less than 50 miles from the site.

Mann also noted the certification meant their work to make things better for future generations, and protect the environment, had been recognized.

Before the intersection was improved, the intersection had more crashes than any other site in Fairfield, logging 131 accidents in the period 2007-2009. Improvements included realigning some of the traffic lanes, lengthening turn lanes, and putting in sidewalks.

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