Downtown Safety Project
Construction is nearly finished! Work is moving from sidewalks/curbs/signals toward repaving and restriping. Full completion is expected by May 30. Construction equipment for this project is being staged on the former Kmart property at 200 West Main St.
What is this project?
The City of Xenia obtained a Safety Grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation to improve bike, pedestrian and vehicular safety 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 includes a 2-way protected bike lane, enhanced safety features at pedestrian crossings, and improved safety and signalization features for motorists 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?
First and foremost: Safety. Pedestrian fatalities in traffic accidents are rising nationwide. According to the Governors' Highway Safety Association, the number of pedestrian fatalities increased by 27% from 2007 to 2016, while all other traffic deaths decreased by 14%. Pedestrian deaths as a proportion of total traffic accident deaths increased from 11% in 2007 to 16% in 2016.
What can be done about this? Aside from slowing down and putting down our phones when we are driving, we can design our roadways to be safer for pedestrians, cyclists AND cars with safer intersections, pedestrian crossings, and dedicated spaces for cyclists. In pedestrian- and bike-intensive areas we can design roadways to SLOW DOWN traffic. A pedestrian is about 3.5 to 5.5 times more likely to be killed by a 40 m.p.h. car as compared with a 30 m.p.h. car.
What does this mean for Xenia? With a confluence of four bike paths, two state highways, and dense development, downtown Xenia is a pedestrian, bike and car-intensive area. Our 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.
Construction Updates: May 2018
DETROIT ST. REPAVING/RESTRIPING TO START MAY 10!
Repaving of Detroit Street from Church Street to Home Avenue will occur on May 10 and 11. All on-street parking on this section of Detroit Street will be closed on these days, in addition to occasional lane shifts/closures.
Restriping of Detroit Street will begin during the week of May 14. Additional closures of on-street parking and occasional lane closures/shifts on Detroit Street are expected. Restriping, which includes the new protected bike lane, is expected to take up to 7 days.
New traffic signals at Detroit/Church, Detroit/Main and Main/Galloway are nearly finished and awaiting activation. New pedestrian signals at Detroit/Market, Detroit/Hill and Main/Creekside Trail are also nearly finished.
The southbound right turn lane on North Detroit Street at Church Street will remain closed until after the new signal at this intersection is activated. Detroit Blvd will be converted to two-way traffic.