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Swanton residents protest dangerous intersection

SWANTON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Swanton residents arecalling on the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to step up and makechanges to an intersection they say is dangerous.

Airport Highway and StateRoute 295 was redesigned last November with a plan ODOT officials called a "roaddiet."

Residents met with ODOTofficials Tuesday to talk about the intersection, which they say ODOT took frombad to worse.

It's been the site ofseveral accidents and near-misses.

"I've seen people cutpeople off, we've been cut off," said Edith, a concerned resident. "There'sgoing to be a death there yet from a head-on collision!"

In their attempt to makethe intersection safer, ODOT reduced Airport Highway to one lane in eachdirection, and added two turn lanes. Now residents are calling for a trafficlight.

"We qualified for a lightat this intersection at one time," said Swanton Board of Trustees Chairman JeffMichael. "Why wasn't that followed through on?"

ODOT officials say theintersection did qualify for a light in 2022, but since then, standards havechanged. Now they're asking residents what other changes could help make theintersection safer.

"We're open toconsideration to see what we can do to improve, because we're all for safety,"said Theresa Pollick, and ODOT spokesperson.

Some residents say puttingthe road back to how it used to be could make all the difference.

Both township trustees andresidents say this is an issue they're not dropping anytime soon.

"We're going to keeppushing with the Ohio Department of Transportation, and keep going up theorganization as we need to," Michael said.

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