Homeowners demand change near crash-plagued North Ridgeville intersection

Published: Jul. 13, 2021 at 8:22 PM EDT
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NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (WOIO) - Homeowners along the border of North Ridgeville and Eaton Township are demanding change at a dangerous intersection after two high-impact crashes in less than two weeks.

On July 2nd, a motorcycle slammed into a car, sending the biker airborne. Neighbors said they’ve been told he was okay.

On July 12th, two more vehicles collided at the same intersection; Butternut Ridge Road and the State Route 83 connector.

“In my opinion, something needs to happen. Either a temporary light or something to keep people safe there,” said Scott Brosky, who lives just feet from the crash sites.

Next door, Russ Grey told 19 News the problem isn’t new, although it’s become greater due to a number of detours funneling more traffic into the area.

Grey’s home surveillance camera captured the two recent crashes; he shared the footage on social media -- leading to more widespread outrage over the problematic intersection.

“People are just in a hurry or ... anyone turning left, another vehicle comes across and blocks their view for a second,” Brosky said.

Vehicles on the connector road have a stop sign while cross traffic on Butternut Ridge Road does not.

“Folks should always monitor their speeds, never drive distracted or impaired and always buckle-up. Following those simple tips would eliminate the vast majority of crashes,” said Ohio State Highway Patrol spokesperson Sgt. Ray Santiago.

A spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Transportation explained that this particular area does not fall within the agency’s jurisdiction, noting Ohio’s status as a home rule state. In other words, individual cities are responsible for roads within their jurisdictional boundaries.

19 News has reached out to a handful of government representatives from both North Ridgeville and Eaton Township for comment; none of them have responded as of early Wednesday afternoon.

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