In partnership with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Jacobs, and Arcadis, OMEGA has developed a Regional Safety Plan to make our roadways safer for all users. Working together with our regional stakeholders, we have aspired to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries that occur on our roads every year. Regional stakeholders include, but are not limited to:
- County Engineers
- Regional Planners
- First Responders
- Law Enforcement
- Elected Officials
- Park & Recreational Officials
As a designated Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO), OMEGA developed a long-range Regional Transportation & Development Plan for Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Muskingum, and Tuscarawas Counties through the year 2045. A key component of this long range plan was to increase safety for all users of the transportation network as our region continues to grow into the future.
In August 2020, we kicked off the Regional Safety Plan. Feedback from our stakeholders was crucial to the success of this plan, as no one knows the local roads better than the people that drive them regularly. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, we developed a robust list of safety concerns and relevant, cost-effective countermeasures to mitigate those concerns. Throughout this process, our planning team worked with individual counties to determine the needs and concerns of each of their local areas, and then developed a regionwide approach to tackle potential safety issues. This plan will be instrumental in pursuing federal, state, and other funding sources to implement the proposed countermeasures.