South Waverly Road has been closed at Columbia Road adjacent to the Columbia Road bridge over the Grand River in Aurelius Township, following a number of crashes at this location.
Despite a marked and signed stop location that provides ample sight distance in all directions and into the bridge truss, drivers are reporting interrupted vision due to the new truss bridge if they do not stop at the designated location. The new bridge was constructed and opened to traffic in late 2017.
To prevent any further related crashes, South Waverly Road at Columbia Road has been closed while a new traffic signal is designed and installed to better regulate the intersection. The new traffic signal will stop east-west Columbia Road traffic and provide a protected green light for northbound South Waverly Road traffic to safely enter Columbia Road.
The new signal is expected to be operational by spring 2019. South Waverly Road will remain closed until the signal is completed. A detour route has been posted via Curtice and Onondaga Roads
South Waverly Road south of Columbia Road carries approximately 1800 vehicles per day, approximately 900 in each direction, and Columbia Road at South Waverly Road carries approximately 4500 vehicles per day, again approximately half that amount in each direction. There have been 10 reported crashes at this intersection in 2018 including a fatality on November 17, 2018.