New Wooster Pike Crosswalk with flashing lights & pedestrian center island

 We’re constructing a new safety project this summer – a crosswalk with flashing beacon signs and “pedestrian refuge island” will be built on Wooster Pike/US-50 at the Fifty West BrewPub and Fifty West Burger Bar. Columbia Township partnered with ODOT to design a safer way for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the busy, 5-lane U.S. route to navigate this growing regional entertainment and recreational district with popular restaurants, stores and the Little Miami Scenic Trail.

The new crosswalk will provide a designated place to cross between the sidewalk system along the north side of Wooster and a path on the south side at Fifty West Burger Bar that leads to the newly extended Little Miami Trail (another successful Columbia Township partnership – with Great Parks of Hamilton County).

Here’s how the new crosswalk will work:

Pedestrians and cyclists will activate rapidly flashing beacons mounted on signs to alert oncoming traffic that they want to cross the road.  After carefully watching to be sure traffic stops, pedestrians and cyclists may cross from one side of the road to the other.  An additional safety feature called a “refuge island” will be built in the center lane to offer a place to wait halfway, if needed, to assure traffic stops on the other side before continuing across the road.

Columbia Township is funding the crosswalk/refuge island construction, and an ODOT Safety Program grant covered the full cost of the flashing beacon signage.  We also participated in the Little Miami Scenic Trail extension.

Plus, a new bike lane!

A new bike lane is coming to the south side of US-50 in Columbia Township.  The new bike lane will be striped on existing pavement between Spring St. and Newtown Rd. as part of ODOT’s major repaving of US-50 in Columbia Township (full repaving project extends from Homewood in Mariemont through Columbia east to Terrace Park).  ODOT will be slightly reducing the width of all existing lanes to create space for the bike lane.

Barrett Paving Materials is the contractor for the US-50 repaving and new crosswalk.  A special shout-out goes to Dennis Brunton at Barrett and Eric Young at ODOT who were very helpful in coordinating our local crosswalk construction as part of ODOT’s major road improvement.



Heads Up, Phones Down, Slow Down

Wooster Construction Zone June & July

The crosswalk and repaving projects will require construction crews and heavy equipment to be in the roadway for several months.  There will be periods where traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction (outside morning and evening peak travel times).

Sign up for ODOT advisories on the Columbia/Mariemont Repaving Project (as part of Hamilton County major project advisories):