Center Township gets grant for signs

LISBON – Center Township trustees are hoping nearly 182 additional traffic signs will make township roads a bit safer.

The Ohio Department of Transportation recently awarded the township a $13,613 grant to purchase the additional signs for roads deemed possible high-risk crash areas in terms of curves and intersection layout.

The state invited the top 100 townships in terms of serious traffic accidents, based on crash reports between 2008-2012, to apply for some of the $1 million being made available statewide annually under the grant program. The awards are capped at $50,000, and no local match is required to qualify.

Center Township Trustee Ken Schreffler said they qualified based on a township “crash map” submitted last year to ODOT.

The money will be used to purchase 182 various road signs that would warn motorists they are approaching an intersection, there is a stop sign ahead or the driver is coming up on a curve. The improvements will also include attaching additional reflective materials to stop signs to alert motorists well before they reach the intersection.

“We have no signs (on township roads) telling us you’re approaching an intersection, stop sign or curve,” Schreffler said. The signs are similar to ones that were erected several years ago along state and county roads in Columbiana County, he said.

The idea behind the grant is to reduce the risk of traffic accidents on these higher-risk roads. “I hope it’ll make a difference,” Schreffler said of the signs.

Just about every township road will receive one or more type of sign or stop sign enhancement with the grant money.