The 2017 Shroyer Road Improvement Project was undertaken to address safety concerns identified in a 2016 Shroyer Road Safety Study. It was done concurrent with a street resurfacing project that had been programmed several years earlier through the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and ODOT. This was a joint project with the city of Kettering as the resurfacing work extended southward all the way to Stroop Road. The Oakwood portion of the project included resurfacing, and also involved roadway lane changes incorporating the Road Diet design concept. The Road Diet concept was used to improve the safety performance of Shroyer Road for all transportation modes (e.g., vehicle, pedestrian, bicycle) thereby reducing all crash types. The total cost of the Oakwood portion of the project was $1,270,670, with $762,402 (60%) paid by federal transportation dollars.
This project reduced the vehicle lanes on Shroyer Road from four to three and included the following:
- Single northbound and southbound through lanes in each direction.
- Exclusive left turn lanes at each cross street intersection.
- Five foot wide bike lanes on both sides of the street between the roadway and adjacent curb. These bike lanes connect to the existing bikeway north of Dellwood Avenue and support the regional effort to improve the biking infrastructure.
- A clear distance of approximately seven feet between the motor vehicle lanes and the existing sidewalks. The previous clear distance was just two feet.
- Raised center medians with trees in the 16 blocks between East Drive and Dellwood Avenue.
- Two mid-block pedestrian crossings. One crossing is between Wonderly Avenue and Orchard Drive, and one is between Telford Avenue and Aberdeen Avenue. Both crossings are equipped with flashing beacon technology to alert motorists of pedestrian/cyclist activity.
- A new and improved pedestrian/cyclist crossing at the north end of the project between Dellwood Avenue in Oakwood and Gainsborough Road in Dayton. This crossing is also equipped with flashing beacon technology.