Downtown Safety Project
Construction has begun! Through traffic will be maintained at all times.
Watch out for occasional on-street parking or lane closures as follows:
- February-March: Traffic signal work will begin in February, followed by selective curb work with brief lane or on-street parking space closures near the intersections of Detroit St. with Third, Main, Market and Church St.; as well as the intersections of West Main St. with Galloway St. and the Creekside Trail.
- March-May: Full-width resurfacing/restriping of Detroit St. from Church St. to Home Ave. and installation of new medians/crosswalks on Detroit St. at Hill St. and Market St., with various temporary lane closures.
What is this project?
The City of Xenia obtained a Safety Grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation to construct bike, pedestrian and vehicular safety improvements in downtown Xenia. This project originally grew out of X-Plan, in which Xenians voiced a need for a vibrant, bustling downtown that is inviting and safe for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.
The Downtown Safety Project will accomplish this balance by introducing a 2-way protected bike lane, enhanced safety features at pedestrian crossings, and improved safety and signalization features for motorists at intersections along the Detroit and West Main Street corridors. Read more or click on the plans to the right to learn details.
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 bike lane 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.