VAN WERT — The removal of overhead flashing lights at two locations in Van Wert County is underway and will continue for the next two weeks, with work to include new signage at the intersections.
The signals are located at the intersections of U.S. 127/Marsh Road and U.S. 224, north of Van Wert, and at U.S. 224 and county Road 418/Lincoln Highway west of the city.
The lights are being removed because they need repair, are costly to maintain and are no longer deemed an effective means of notifying motorists of an upcoming intersection, according to officials from the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The overhead lights will be replaced with flashing “stop ahead” signs.
“The illuminated signs employ LED light technology, which is less costly to operate, and are a modern method of informing motorists they are approaching a stop or an intersection,” said Kirk Slusher, deputy director for ODOT District 1.
Throughout the state, ODOT is replacing overhead flashing lights with active signs in advance of intersections.