Wednesday, July 11, 2001

Fifth-lane plan for Winton Road open for comment

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP — Trustee Joe Honerlaw knows firsthand the frustration motorists feel when turning into or out of Winton Road businesses during peak periods of the day.

        That is one reason he has spent the past year working on a trustees-appointed committee that has studied the corridor between North Bend Road and Winton Woods, along with the Hamilton County engineer's office. Mr. Honerlaw said he agrees with a recommendation to add a fifth lane to the busy roadway. The lane would allow for left turns and in some spots become a dedicated left-turn lane.

        Results from the study will be on display during an open house from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in the township administration building, 9150 Winton Road. There, trustees, township officials, and representatives from the Hamilton County Engineer's Office, Balke Engineers and the Hamilton County Office of Economic Development will be available to answer questions.

        “There are times of the day I can't make a left turn,” said Mr. Honerlaw, whose law office is in the 9200 block, across from the Brentwood Bowl. “I think the proposals coming out are all positive. We spent a lot of time looking at the road and identifying problem areas.”

        Besides road improvements, the township paid for the Hamilton County Development Co. to look at the corridor from an economic development stance. The study also includes ideas for aesthetic improvements, including a streetscape plan and other work, said Michael Hinnenkamp, township administrator.

        “The preliminary engineering report calls for the widening of Winton at key intersections with turn lanes,” Mr. Hinnenkamp said.

        The project would be divided into three phases: Fleming Road to Winton Woods, Galbraith to Fleming and Galbraith south to the Cincinnati border. Additional turn lanes are planned at the Powel Crosley YMCA entrance, Winton Woods Park and the Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

        Mr. Hinnenkamp said the study also suggests that businesses along Winton connect their parking lots and driveways, leading to easier access at traffic lights.

        Officials also are looking at ways to get more leeway on zoning issues.

        “We're trying to revitalize the area,” Mr. Honerlaw said. “We have a lot of older businesses, often on small size lots. Anyone who tries to redevelop often has to get extensive zoning variances. Over time we'd also like to see more uniform signage.”

        Trustees won't take action on the recommendations until next month to give the public an opportunity to review the committee's work, Mr. Honerlaw said.


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