LIVONIA – The state Department of Transportation is installing additional signs at the Richmond Mills Road-Route 15A intersection north of Hemlock and east of Livonia Center after a study of the intersection showed “an emerging pattern of crashes.”
In response to an inquiry from Livonia resident Larry Ebersold, DOT reviewed traffic volume counts and noted the intersection’s physical features.
Staff determined the intersection went from experiencing about two crashes per year to about seven crashes per year, with a significant majority being right-angle crashes – usually northbound or southbound vehicles colliding with mostly eastbound vehicles.
Based on the review, DOT said it would implement the following actions to improve visibility and warning at the intersection:
-Installation intersection warning signs on the northbound and southbound approaches on Route 15A.
-Installation of “Stop Ahead” signs on the eastbound and westbound approaches on Richmond Mills Road.
-Installation of dual posted “Stop” signs on the eastbound and westbound approaches on Richmond Mills Road. These signs will be placed on both sides of the roadway.
-Installation of “Cross Traffic Does Not Stop” signs beneath the stop signs on the eastbound and westbound approaches on Richmond Mills Road.
In a March 17 letter to Ebersold, DOT Regional Traffic Engineer Paul Spitzer said this work would be completed “as work schedules, ordering and weather conditions allow.”
Ebersold is a retired DOT worker, current director of operations for Livonia EMS and drives a school bus for Livonia Central Schools.