Construction on Dayton-Yellow Springs, I-675 to begin in 2018

By Whitney Vickers - [email protected]

FAIRBORN — The City of Fairborn and the Ohio Department of Transportation are partnering in 2018 to oversee and undertake construction on Interstate 675 and Dayton-Yellow Springs Road.

Planned construction items include adding lanes to the north and southbound exit ramps, lengthening an existing turn lane on the northbound exit ramp, and installing six-inch curbs as well as raised sidewalks.

“It will create a safer passage for all of our pedestrians, especially our students at the high school,” Fairborn City Engineer Don O’Connor said.

He highlighted that the project was initiated after issues with the roadway became evident.

Concerns on Dayton-Yellow Springs and I-675 include no right turn lane on the exit ramp from I-675 across from Fairborn High School, poor left “storage” of vehicles accessing I-675 from Dayton-Yellow Springs in both eastbound and westbound directions, delays in traffic movements — and safety.

O’Connor reported that 92 crashes took place in the area from 2011 through 2013.

The city has conducted a number of traffic studies on Dayton-Yellow Springs Road and has already been awarded at least two grants to help fund the project. It is slated to begin next year with the design phase for the construction currently being in a near-complete state. Fairborn City Council approved a resolution during the regular meeting Oct. 2 that will allow the city and ODOT to enter into an agreement concerning the project.

“Because this involves the interstate, ODOT will manage the construction,” O’Connor said.

Council members said the project had been a long-time coming and that they were happy to see it taking shape.

By Whitney Vickers

[email protected]

Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.

Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.