Monday, August 27, 2001

You Asked For It


City not responsible for repairs

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        QUESTION: I am trustee for a house on Vinecrest Place off Vine Street in Avondale. The road is in horrible condition and the city makes no repair. Every resident is upset about the condition. What is the city planning to do? - Erika B. Toke, Price Hill

        ANSWER: Joe Flading, an engineer in the Cincinnati Department of Transportation, said Vinecrest Place has never been dedicated to the city and, therefore, its maintenance is the responsibility of the property owners along it. Vinecrest residents may request the city accept the street, but it first must be brought up to city street standards by the property owners. For information about the process, call Mr. Flading, 352-5284.

        Q. There are vehicle-activated traffic lights at Gilmore and Mack roads serving the Cincinnati Financial Corp. building in Fairfield. Between 5:45 and 6 p.m. the lights change to flashing, yet 80 to 90 percent of the cars have left the lot by 5:20. Long lines of cars are sometimes stopped on Mack and Gilmore roads to allow one car to leave the lot. Why aren't these traffic lights converted to flashing mode at 5:30 p.m.? Traffic flow would improve. - Bill Brueggeman, Fairfield

        A. While it's true that most employees of Cincinnati Financial leave the company lot north of Forest Fair Mall between 4:30 and 5 p.m. there are still a large number of employees who don't exit the lot until about 6 p.m., said Fairfield city traffic analyst John Belanger. Because of extremely heavy traffic in the area, accommodation must be made for employees to safely exit the lot. No changes are planned.

        Q. It's hard to miss the new “Gateway” on Gilbert Avenue near the Greyhound Bus Station, especially with its dramatic spotlight. Why has the spotlight at the “Gateway” on the east end of Fifth Street been turned off? - Eric Avner, Newport

        A. “The bulb burned out,” said Cincinnati Traffic Engineer Steve Bailey. The light takes an unusual bulb. It has been ordered and will be installed when it arrives. Maintenance of the “Gateway” lights is covered by Procter & Gamble Co.

        Question? Call 381-2800 and enter 2002. Fax 755-4150. Or E-mail wschaefer@enquirer.com. Include name, neighborhood and phone.



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