Downtown Safety Improvements
Project design is underway and will be completed by the end of January 2017. Construction will begin by August of 2017.
What is this project?
The City of Xenia has obtained a Safety Grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation to construct numerous bike, pedestrian and vehicular safety improvements in downtown Xenia. The project will reduce the possibility of crashes and contribute to a safer, more economically viable downtown!
This project originally grew out of X-Plan, in which Xenia citizens identified a need to improve the flow of bikes through downtown. The City conducted a public "walk audit" attended by various stakeholders in July 2014, to identify needs of not only cyclists but pedestrians and vehicles in the downtown area, Informed by this walk audit, traffic studies, and a public open house meeting in February 2015, the City developed a plan to address these needs and successfully applied for the Safety Grant.
The proposed improvements include a protected 2-way "cycle track" on Detroit Street, improvements to three pedestrian/bike crossings, improved traffic signals and an upgrade of the Detroit/Church intersection.
Why is this project needed?
Downtown Xenia faces unique assets and challenges stemming from the confluence of bike paths and two major state highways (US-42 and US-68). These factors bring a unique and concentrated confluence of bikes, pedestrians, and vehicles in a densely developed area. Existing infrastructure does not effectively balance the safety needs of these various modes of travel. Below are specific problem areas:
- West Main Street between Church St. and Dayton Ave.: Too many private driveways and an unsafe pedestrian/bike crossing at Creekside Trail. Classified by MVRPC as a repeated high-crash location and ranks #31 out of the 100 most crash-prone road segments in the Miami Valley.
- Traffic signals at West St./W. Main St. and King St./W. Main St. are too close to other signalized intersections.
- Automobile crashes at N. Detroit St./Church St. intersection due to ineffective design.
- Unsafe pedestrian crossing at the N. Detroit St./Market St. intersection with inadequate signal.
- Lack of dedicated bike facilities on Detroit St. between Church and 3rd Streets, the only segment of the 80-mile-long Little Miami Scenic Trail that lacks dedicated bike facilities.
- Unsafe pedestrian/bike crossing at the Home Ave./S. Detroit St. intersection, across from Xenia Station.
- Excessive roadway width throughout downtown lends to anti-pedestrian environment.
OK, so what are we doing about it?
- Expanded median on W. Main St. to protect Creekside Trail crossing and reduce vehicular conflicts, new rectangular rapid flashing beacon (RRFB) signal to better alert approaching motorists.
- Consolidation of West/King signals into one signal at Galloway St./W. Main St.
- Reconfiguration of W. Church St./N. Detroit St. intersection to change angle of approach for southbound right turns, and eliminate the "5th leg" approach to Detroit Blvd.
- Relocate Market/Detroit pedestrian crossing to south side of intersection, install new red-flashing overhead pedestrian hybrid beacon to better alert approaching motorists.
- Install a 2-way protected cycle track on Detroit St. between Church and 3rd Streets, with a 3-ft. buffer and physical barrier protecting cyclists from motorists.
- Relocate Home/Detroit bike/pedestrian crossing to Hill St./Detroit St. with new RRFB signal, protective median and new bike path directly connecting Ohio-to-Erie Trail to bike hub.
- Give Detroit Street a "road diet" (reduced through lanes) between Home Ave. and Church St. to ease pedestrian crossings and discourage speeding while maintaining efficient traffic flow.