SOUTH FAIRMOUNT, OH (FOX19) - A large section of Harrison Avenue is going to be closed for the next few months.
The closure began Monday and is between Fairmount Avenue and Biegler Street. It will re-open on September 3, immediately following Labor Day.
It's all to straighten out an S-curve in the road that desperately needs some safety improvements.
"It's like 4 or 5 accidents out of the week, and that's definitely too many," said Sharhonda Horne, a nearby resident.
She's not only concerned about the amount of accidents, but the safety of her children, too.
"When they're trying to cross the street right there, even though it says 'walk', there's still cars going real fast right there. That can be an accident right there, them trying to get away from the car and run across the street and another car could be coming just the opposite side of the road," added Horne.
One of the reasons why city officials want to rebuild the S-curve is because the accident rate in that area is five times higher than the city average.
In the past, efforts to improve the accident rate have been used. The city has tried to reduce speed limits and put up flashing signals in the area, but not a lot has changed.
"I don't think the lights too much worked because I don't think people were really paying attention to the lights," said Horne.
She hopes the construction efforts are key to finally fixing the problem.
"It's a real good thing that they're trying to get it fixed and get it taken care of. Hopefully it'll work," Horne told FOX19.
There are detours in place for drivers in the area:
- Westbound: At the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Queen City Avenue, westbound through traffic will be diverted west along Queen City Avenue, to north on LaFeuille Avenue, and back to Harrison Avenue. Traffic will be maintained on Harrison Avenue past the intersection with Queen City Avenue to the point of closure at Biegler Street, allowing access to residences, businesses and streets east of Biegler Street.
- Eastbound: At the intersection of Harrison Avenue and LaFeuille Avenue, through traffic will be diverted south along LaFeuille Avenue, to east on Queen City Avenue and Westwood Avenue, and back to Harrison Avenue. Traffic will be maintained on Harrison Avenue past the intersection of LaFeuille Avenue to the point of closure at Fairmount Avenue to allow access to residences, businesses and streets west of, and including, Fairmount Avenue.