Saturday, September 04, 1999

Wider crossroads nears completion

Dixie-Turkeyfoot gains more lanes

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LAKESIDE PARK — Roadwork at Dixie Highway and Turkeyfoot Road — one of the busiest intersections along Dixie — should be substantially completed in another week or two.

        “They are expecting to have the final pavement down by the middle of September,” said Joe Kearnes, state highway department chief district engineer.

        While cleanup will continue at the intersection until mid-October, the orange barrels should be down, and all lanes are expected to be open within a couple of weeks, Mr. Kearnes said.

        The $1.7 million widening of Dixie Highway extends from Arcadia Avenue south to Carran Drive, and includes what police have described as a high-accident intersection near Barleycorn's Five Mile House restaurant in Lakeside Park.

        Where there used to be four lanes, there now will be five — a center turn lane and two through lanes on each side.

        The additional lanes mean Dixie Highway's through traffic shouldn't get trapped behind vehicles turning onto Turkeyfoot Road or Hudson Avenue.

        “... In all actuality, I don't think the construction has done a whole lot to affect my business,” said Jenny Engelhart, general manager of the Barleycorn's. “People who come to Barleycorn's don't care about the construction.”

        Lakeside Park commuters won't be getting much relief from construction, though.

        In the spring, the state plans to start widening Buttermilk Pike from the post office to Dixie Highway, Mr. Kearnes said.

        Buttermilk “will be a three-lane road all the way to Dixie, with additional turn lanes at Dixie,” said Richard Guidi, district design engineer for the highway department's Northern Kentucky office.


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