Thursday, April 29, 1999

Battle of Kyles Lane is over


No name change, but new signs

BY RAY SCHAEFER
Enquirer Contributor

        FORT WRIGHT — After nearly five months of discussing whether to change the name of Kyles Lane, city council decided Wednesday to leave the street the way it is.

        Council voted, 5-1, to add an undetermined number of signs on Kyles Lane in front of the Fort Wright city building. Mayor Gene Weaver said once the signs are up — possibly within two months — the city would spend the next year studying traffic patterns to see whether motorists become confused over the name of the street now known as both Kyles Lane and Highland Avenue.

        “It's been studied, it's been studied,” Mr. Weaver said. “We'll study it some more. Hopefully nothing will need to be changed.”

        The decision was a victory for residents who said changing the name would cause hardship and expense.

        “I'm very happy with it,” resident Eunice Rechtin said. “I think signage is what's important to us.”

        Councilman Tom Franxman's motion to put up signs was similar to a proposal a 13-member committee of residents and city leaders rejected.

        Not everyone liked Mr. Franxman's idea. Councilman Jim Robke, who Wednesday voted against leaving things the same, said the city should have chosen one of six options he offered.

        “We have been criticized (because) we didn't take the public's opinion,” Mr. Robke said. “(Members of the) committee wanted to change the name. It was just a matter of what the name was.”

        The problem over Kyles Lane was created several years ago, when the state upgraded Highland. Two sections of Kyles were connected before that, as were the two sections of Highland.

        The confusion came because the upgrade rerouted Highland to meet Kyles.

        Council voted Dec. 2 to change to Fort Wright Parkway a stretch of Kyles Lane from Dixie Highway to where it becomes Highland Avenue and from that point to Madison Pike. Fifteen days later, council changed it back after citizens protested.

        Fire Chief Ronald Becker said there have been five instances where emergency crews have been sent to the wrong address because of confusion over the location of Kyles and Highland.

       



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