Pedestrians can more safely cross I-74 via West Road in Harrison. The road over the highway was widened and a sidewalk was added. Street lights are expected to be installed in spring of 2024.
“Councilmember Mike Mains pretty much spearheaded this project,” said Harrison Mayor Bill Neyer. “We gave him the support but he was the driving force behind it.”
Mains was serving on the Streets Committee in 2018 when a pedestrian was struck and killed by a car on the overpass. Mains leaned into his network, including motorsport enthusiasts, to learn how to fund the project. It began with a traffic study to count people and cars using the bridge.
“We've got a nice project that's getting finished up and lots of other great street stuff going on in the City,” Mains said. “It’s a team effort.”
Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) awarded a $1 million safety grant for the project in 2020. City Council voted to allocate $300,000 toward the project in March 2023.
Since the overpass was originally constructed in the 1960s, there has been significant growth on either side of the highway, including Harrison High School, Kroger and other retail, and housing. Today Harrison is home to approximately 13,000 residents.
Harrison Streets Director Jim Leslie is working with engineering firms, ODOT and other agencies to complete road and safety work throughout the City. He said materials for pedestrian crosswalks are on backorder.
A pedestrian crosswalk signal will be added at the intersection of West Road and Harrison Avenue. A pedestrian crosswalk signal will also be installed at Stone Drive and Harrison Avenue, where a median has been completed.
Pictured: Harrison Councilmember Mike Mains, Streets Director Jim Leslie and Mayor Bill Neyer visited the West Road overpass (Nov. 18, 2023).
A worker from Sunesis Construction on the northwest side of the West Road overpass (June 8 2023).
The northeast side of the West Road overpass before it was widened and a sidewalk was added (July 31, 2020).