Traffic safety talks are illuminating
By AMY GAREIS News-Herald Staff Writer
NEW ATHENS – Village council held some illuminating discussions concerning traffic safety in New Athens and will take some initial steps to improve a critical intersection.
Council met Tuesday and agreed, for now, to add a second streetlight near the intersection of Ohio 9 and Ohio 519, which was the scene of a serious accident early Veterans Day.
Police Chief Jason Simmerman said the sheriff’s office installed a temporary radar sign at the south end of town, but even though it posts a 30-mph limit he’s still caught some leadfoots along the way.
“People in town, I am still picking them up. I get them going 60-70 mph,” Simmerman replied.
Mayor Will Sedgmer said the Ohio Department of Transportation was improving signage in the vicinity to ensure people stop at the intersection.
“They will start changing signs at the four-way intersection. The ‘stop ahead’ signs will be moving closer to the four-way and there will be one on each side of the road. They are also going to put bigger stop signs at the corners,” Sedgmer said.
Read the full story in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.