ROCHESTER TWP. — Rumble strips have been installed at the intersection of state Routes 162 and 511 after residents complained about safety concerns.
Residents began asking for a solution to the safety issues at the intersection last year following several crashes, including a fatal crash in September 2016.
At the intersection, state Route 162 has a stop sign but state Route 511 does not. To make people more aware of the stop sign, rumble strips were installed on both the eastbound and westbound lanes of 162 last week.
“The rumble strips go back a ways and so people on 162 know that there’s an intersection coming up,” said Rochester Village Mayor Cindy Kurpley. “It gets your attention and that’s exactly what we hoped for.”
Krupley said drivers going through the intersection are often blinded by the sun, which she thinks is the cause of the majority of crashes there.
“I think it’s the best solution we could hope to have, and I’m very thankful they did it,” Krupley said.
Rochester Township Trustee Adam Mourton said it’s too early to tell whether the rumble strips have improved safety at the intersection.
“We’ve had very strong requests for them and some congratulations when they got it to go through because some folks didn’t think it would happen so quick,” Mourton said.
However, at least one resident has complained about the sound from the rumble strips.
Kurpley said she thought the state was supposed to install temporary rumble strips for this reason.
“All of the sudden they showed up out of the blue and put the rumble strips in,” Kurpley said.
Mourton said if a lot of complaints arise from the sound, they’ll address the situation with the state.
“We’re going to see if they work and make sure all the residents are happy with them,” Mourton said. “ODOT did say if down the road they’re a terrible noise complaint, we might be able to repave. We definitely want to give it some time. We really believe it’s going to improve safety down there.”