July 24, 2016

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Transportation Department show signs of successful effort

New signs on Ryan Road remind drivers that cross traffic on state Route 162 does not stop. Lafayette Township officials called the intersection unsafe after several severe accidents and worked with the Ohio Department of Transportation to get the signs. (COURTESY PHOTO)

The Ohio Department of Transportation installed new traffic signs at Ryan Road and state Route 162 — an intersection called dangerous by Lafayette Township officials.

The new yellow signs on Ryan Road remind drivers that “cross traffic does not stop” on the state highway.

“ODOT deserves some recognition for listening to the concerns we have expressed and taking action,” township Trustee Nanci Shanley said.

Trustees asked for more warning signs after an Aug. 20 car-motorcycle crash at the intersection.

Andrew P. Gerspacher, 31, of Wadsworth, was riding his motorcycle west on Route 162 when he struck a southbound car on Ryan Road that pulled out in front of him. Gerspacher was seriously injured; the driver of the car, Stefan Hornung, 66, of Medina, was treated for minor injuries.

Officials say there have been several crashes at the intersection, which has stop signs only on Ryan Road.

Shanley met in August with Lt. Bill Haymaker, commander of the Medina post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, and Matt Simon, ODOT administrator for Medina County.

Simon agreed to erect signs on Route 162 warning eastbound and westbound motorists of a dangerous intersection ahead. Those signs have not yet been installed. But he said the ultimate goal would be a red and yellow flashing light at the crossway or a solar-powered LED stop sign.

Shanley said the township also will coordinate with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office to provide maximum coverage in tandem with the patrol, which will post troopers there several times a week during high-traffic hours.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.

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