Monday, November 13, 2000

You Asked For It

I-471 ramp waits

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Question: Please tell me when the ramp from northbound Interstate-471 to westbound Fort Washington Way will reopen. I commute between the Western Hills area and Northern Kentucky University. Taking the Sixth Street ramp and going through downtown is no picnic, and the U.S. 50 detour is horrible and out of my way. — Jerry Gonnella, Covedale

        Answer: John Deatrick, Director of Transportation and Engineering for the City of Cincinnati, said opening of this ramp is one of the last elements in completion of the
Fort Washington Way project. It is scheduled to reopen next spring.

        Q. Why isn't there a right-turn arrow from Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road onto westbound Ohio 125 (Ohio Pike) in Union Township, Clermont County? — Ramon Ressa, Union Township

        A. Ohio Department of Transportation policy recommends right turn arrows not be installed unless there is a dedicated right turn lane at the intersection. There is no such lane at this intersection and state engineers, who reviewed the area, saw no reason to override policy. Q. When will a left-turn signal be installed at the intersection of westbound Harrison Pike, Wesselman Road and Johnson Road in Green Township? - George Frank, Miami Heights

        A. A widening project is planned for this intersection in the spring 2001 construction season, said Tim Gilday, Hamilton County planning and design engineer. The project includes left turn lanes and new signals.
        Q. Now that River Road between State Avenue and Mount Echo Road has been completed, why haven't reflective lane markers been installed? - Betty Miller, Delhi Township

        A. The city is contracting for installation of reflectors and they will be installed next year.

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