NORTON – While a serious accident in February was the final precipitating event in a change to an intersection coming later this month, the foundation was laid in Chippewa Township.
Chippewa Trustees Chairman Dominic Oliverio had noted the high number of accidents at the intersection of Wooster Road West/North Portage Street and Eastern Road, hearing complaints from residents, and worked on getting a traffic study.
“(Oliverio) asked me to look into it,” Brock Yoder, of the Wayne County Engineer’s Office, said. “Over two or three years that one is off the charts. There were 14 accidents handled by Norton Police and four or five handled by the (Wayne County) Sheriff’s Office.”
Yoder said this averaged out to two wrecks a month at the intersection.
“A lot of residents brought it to my attention,” Oliverio said. “I got a safety study done through (the Akron Metropolitan Area Transit Study) and I was able to bridge the communities, getting Norton and Wayne County together to do something.