Monday, February 05, 2001

You asked for it

Where are salt barrels?

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Question: Since Cincinnati has improved equipment for snow removal, they no longer put salt and sand barrels at the top of hills on residential streets. This creates a problem on Vinton Street in South Fairmount — a single-lane, blacktop street with two homes on it. The old salt and sand barrel at the top of the road was a lifesaver. - Joan Griffin, South Fairmount

        Answer: Cincinnati Traffic Engineer Steve Bailey said that for a period of years the city provided more and more of these barrels at citizen request throughout the city, but few were being used. Many were removed. The city will still provide barrels on request and after it reviews the situation. Vinton Street has been placed on the list for review. Mr. Bailey said the city has no objection to placing barrels where they are needed and where the salt and sand is used on city streets and not for snow and ice removal on private property.

        Q: The number of accidents at Ranlyn Avenue and Blue Rock Road would be reduced if a flashing red light or a four-way stop were installed. At rush hour, it is difficult to turn out of Ranlyn onto Blue Rock. Has a survey been conducted, or can one be conducted addressing this situation? - Char Susong, White Oak

        A: Hamilton County Engineer William W. Brayshaw said this intersection has been reviewed and traffic counts do not meet requirements for a four-way stop or signal. There were three accidents last year at the intersection caused by right-of-way issues and five are required before a four-way stop can be installed, he said.
        Q. At the Harrison Avenue exit off northbound Interstate 75, there is a lot of overgrowth and trees that need to be trimmed.- Chip Horn, North Fairmount

        A. Mr. Bailey said the city and the Ohio Department of Transportation will trim trees, bushes and weeds affecting drivers' ability to see traffic.

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