Monday, January 15, 2001

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Madison section congests

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Question: The traffic light at Dana and Observatory avenues at Madison Road is timed to allow eastbound Dana traffic and the westbound Observatory traffic to move at separate times. The green light for eastbound Dana permits about 10 cars through at rush hour until 6 p.m. The trouble comes after this, when the light pattern changes to allow only five cars through the intersection. Traffic backs up to Duck Creek Road until 7 p.m. Motorists do not back up in the other directions. The situation has worsened since the opening of Rookwood Commons in Norwood. The Interstate 71 exit at Edwards/Smith roads backs up onto the highway. A solution would be extending the rush-hour green light until 7 p.m. at
Madison. - Brian Richardson, Hyde Park

        Answer: The recent development of Rookwood Commons and Rookwood Pavilion at Edwards and Madison roads has changed traffic patterns, said Cincinnati Traffic Engineer Steve Bailey. A new traffic signal system has been ordered around the Rookwood area — specifically the intersection of Madison with Dana and Edwards. It should be installed by June, Mr. Bailey said.

        Q. On north and southbound on Interstate 75 between Hopple Street and the Brent Spence Bridge, some lanes have a crown in the middle that makes changing lanes at the posted speed limit a hazard. Are there any plans smooth the pavement? - Chuck Kraynik, Cheviot

        A. Kim Patton, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation, said the pavement is scheduled for repair during this year's road construction season in the spring or summer. Work will be completed at night.

        Q. In the right lane, at the bridge on westbound Interstate 74 before the Dry Fork Road exit, there is a pavement problem that jolts vehicles as they cross the bridge. Will this be fixed? — Becky Mitter, Guilford, Ind.

        A. Mrs. Patton said a repair order has been issued and state crews should fix the problem this week, weather permitting.

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