Monday, January 01, 2001

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Warner St. motorist sees red

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Question: On weekend mornings, the traffic signal at Clifton Avenue and Warner Street cycles 60 seconds red and 10 seconds green for motorists on Warner. Since, at this hour, there is twice as much traffic on Warner than on Clifton, could this signal be set to flashing red for Warner and flashing amber for Clifton? - Jeffrey A. Smith, Clifton

       Answer: Cincinnati Traffic Engineer Steve Bailey said this signal is triggered by sensors on Warner. Motorists on Warner may have a longer wait since priority is given
to Clifton, which has a much higher traffic volume. The city restricts flashing lights to intersections where traffic counts are very low at night and only where there is excellent visibility. No changes are planned.

        Q. Making a left turn from Ohio Bypass 4 to Hamilton-Mason Road or a left turn from Hamilton-Mason Road to the Ohio Bypass 4 in Fairfield Township has become a challenge since the Michael A. Fox Highway (Ohio 129) has opened, bringing more traffic to the area. Is there a plan to put left-turn lanes or arrows at this intersection? - Debbie Ryan, Fairfield Township

        A. Kim Patton, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation, said a traffic analysis should be completed in spring. The data will determine what changes in signalization or intersection improvements are warranted. Q. Traffic signals were recently installed at Ohio 32 and Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road in Union Township, Clermont County. While it's nice to have the protected turn when there is traffic, could the sequence allow turns onto Mount Carmel-Tobasco when there isn't any traffic; particularly before and after rush hours? - Laurie Bozych, Union Township, Clermont County

        A. Mrs. Patton said ODOT traffic engineers said it is preferable to permit turns only on the arrows, particularly since Ohio 32 is a divided highway requiring a longer than normal time to turn and given the speed limit.
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