Monday, July 23, 2001

You Asked For It

Flashing signal is requested

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        QUESTION: Ohio 48 at Fujitec Drive in Lebanon could be greatly improved by installing an amber light and “Prepare to Stop When Flashing” sign. At 55 mph, it's difficult for many vehicles, especially large trucks, to prepare to stop with only the standard yellow light as a warning. - Dave Arcaro, Lebanon

        ANSWER: Lebanon City Engineer Scott Brunka said the Ohio Department of Transportation installed the light about three years ago and then turned over maintenance and operation of it to Lebanon. Since the signal is on a state highway, any changes in signs must be approved by ODOT. Shortly after assuming control, Lebanon requested ODOT approve a “Prepare to Stop” sign with a flashing beacon. ODOT refused to permit it. Mr. Brunka said he will again ask ODOT for approval of a warning sign.

        Q. I have noticed stop signs on Pfeiffer Road in Montgomery between Interstate 71 and Montgomery Road — particularly at Deerfield and eastbound on Pfeiffer — are difficult to see during the day. The signs are surrounded by a gray border that obscures much of the white octagonal border around the signs and are supported by gray poles rather than the common silver metal poles. As a red/green colorblind person, the gray makes the signs blend in with background trees. While I appreciate the aesthetics, the design of these stop signs should be standardized to make them more visible. Will Montgomery change them? - Jeffery Slutz, Mount Lookout

        A. Montgomery City Manager Cheryl Hilvert said the Pfeiffer Road signs have been in place for at least six years with no complaints filed. Residents of the area have complimented the city's attractive signage. There are four signs in this area, two of which also have warning signs to alert motorists of an approaching stop. All the signs meet state guidelines and requirements, including those pertaining to visibility, Mrs. Hilvert said. No changes are planned.

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