ODOT Pushes for Reduced Speed at Brunswick Crash Site
COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Along Boston Road in Columbia Township, a memorial still stands; a reminder of the four Brunswick teenagers killed in a weekend car crash back in June.
“It stinks that it takes something like this for something to be put into effect. We’ve lived here for 15 years, and this isn’t the first accident that has happened here,” said Jessica Arena, who lives at the sight of the crash.
Almost two months later, stop signs have been put in place around the train tracks.
But according to the Ohio Department of Transportation, that’s not enough.
“The proposal is that area of Boston Road will be reduced to 45 miles per hour,” said Christine Myers, a spokeswoman with ODOT.
Right now, the road is 55 miles per hour.
The proposal has already been approved by Columbia Township and is awaiting approval from Liverpool Township.
ODOT anticipates they will approve the proposal in early August.
They are also in the planning stages of leveling Boston Road near the train tracks.
“Lowering the speed limit is a safety factor for anyone traveling the road, as well as anyone who lives around this area,” said Tim Smith, who sits on city council.
Smith is also active with the Blue Devil Pride Foundation, a group that since the tragic accident has pushed for the speed limit to be lowered.
“In addition to helping the victim’s families, we are also advocating education to these kids on the types of dangers out there,” added Smith.
The Foundation is raising scholarship money through fundraisers.
An auto show is scheduled Sunday, July 29 at Rolling Hills.