The intersection of Arlington Road and Mount Pleasant Street NW is not as dangerous as originally thought.

The intersection of Arlington Road and Mount Pleasant Street NW is not as dangerous as originally thought.

A transportation study released in late 2015 by the Stark County Area Transportation Study (SCATS) listed the intersection as the most dangerous in Stark County. The release of the data caught both Jackson Township and the city of Green by surprise, but the data ended up being wrong.

“Frankly, the ranking of most dangerous intersection in Stark County surprised everyone that watches these things,” Jackson Township Highway Superintendent Ralph Boger said. “It distinctly points out the value of keeping and studying traffic records that direct us into the safety construction priorities in our many jurisdiction transportation system.”

Public Information Specialist with ODOT District 4 Brent Kovacs said a perfect storm of computer glitches caused the error to occur.

“The SCATS fall 2014 report or the last one published said there were approximately 35 crashes between 2012 and 2014 at the Intersection of Arlington Road and Mount Pleasant Street NW, when in actuality there were only two,” Kovacs said. “The other 33 crashes actually occurred north of Mount Pleasant Road at the intersection of Arlington Road and Jarvis/Arlington Ridge Road intersection just south of the Interstate 77 interchange.”

Dan Slicker, a transportation engineer with SCATS, said the Arlington Road-Mount Pleasant intersection isn't even in the top 100 for accidents once the error was corrected.

The intersection is the dividing line between Green and Jackson and the small bridge located near the intersection is maintained by the Summit County Engineer.

“My work experience with this intersection had seen a fatal accident years ago which prompted the flashing signal,” Boger said. “Driving north and south on Arlington Road, I personally have been cautious going through this intersection because the visibility of the Mount Pleasant traffic is really poor due to the trees and brush.”

Green Engineer Paul Pickett said he is glad the data was incorrect and the intersection isn't as dangerous as the original report said.

“It's a bit of good news. A fix would be expensive and not quick,” Pickett said.

Kovacs said ODOT is working to resolve its computer system so an error like this doesn't happen again.