Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Safety plan formed for road where youths died




By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        TURTLECREEK TWP. — More than 1 1/2 years after two Mason youths died there, officials and neighbors tentatively agreed on a plan to make McClure Road less attractive to thrill-seeking teens.

        Warren County Engineer Neil Tunison's proposal would lop off the top of the hill and fill in the approaches on both sides. Turtlecreek trustees agreed Monday night to seek a state grant to help pay for the work, which is expected to cost roughly $600,000.

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        “It'll be much safer,” Trustee Dan George said Tuesday. “There's no doubt about that.”

        Two Mason High School students, Jordan Walker, 16, and Troy Mullikin, 15, were killed in November 1999 after launching their car airborne on the hill. A third boy was hurt.

        Since then, township and county officials and residents have struggled over a solution while other teens escaped serious injury in similar accidents.

        Residents opposed making the road dead-end at the hill, and Mr. Tunison said it would cost well over $1 million to redesign the road.

        Neighbors like the new plan.

        However, some are concerned it could take three years to implement — and that's if a federal grant comes through to pick up part of the cost.

        “It's a step forward, but the wheels of government move horribly slowly,” said Bob Duncan, who lives at the top of the hill. “Somebody lube the bearings, baby.”

        Mr. Duncan said all are at risk driving on a road with a 55-mph speed limit but only a 14-mph safe site distance.

       



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