Monday, February 26, 2001

You Asked For It

Hold on a little bit longer

        Question: How long will it be before the overpass at Ronald Reagan Highway at Reading and Ridge roads in Amberley Village is completed? It seems they have been working on it for two years. — Bob Gatto, Norwood

        Answer: The Ronald Reagan Highway reconditioning project from Galbraith Road to Interstate 71 began in March with a completion date of June, 2001. The project is ahead of schedule, said Kim Patton, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation. The Ridge Road overpass work should be completed in May. The final coat of asphalt, completing the project, will be added this spring as soon as weather permits.

        Q. Cherryblossom Lane in Finneytown is a three-block-long residential street connecting Winton Road with Compton Road in Springfield Township. Forty years ago, traffic was light. Now, the traffic has increased with motorists using it as a way to bypass a traffic signal at Winton and Compton. The speed limit is 25 mph but cars race along Cherryblossom. This problem surfaced in areas of Cincinnati and was solved by placing speed humps on streets where speeding was occurring. Can they be installed on Cherryblossom? - Bill Cates, Finneytown

        A. Officials said speed humps are tools used to reduce speed on roads designed to carry a significant amount of traffic, not residential streets such as Cherryblossom.

        Township Administrator Mike Hinnenkamp said there have been several requests for humps on residential streets, but the streets are not designed to accommodate them. The streets are narrow, allow parking and speed humps create a liability problem. SThe township's legal counsel recommended against them for liability reasons. Mr. Hinnenkamp said speed monitors will be placed on Cherryblossom to assess speed and collect data about speeding and the number of cars using the street. Police will increase visibility.

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