Friday, September 07, 2001

County helps aid flow on I-71/75

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        New construction on northbound lanes of Interstate 71/75 is causing headaches for commuters and Fort Mitchell police alike.

        To help the force patrol I-71/75, a Kenton County Sheriff's deputy has been assigned to cruise the interstate through Fort Mitchell.

        Chief Steve Hensley said this will keep one of his officers from constantly being tied up in traffic responding to overheated cars and fender-benders.

        He said that sometimes officers were having to take I-71/75 south and double back to avoid traffic, causing their response times on emergency calls to increase.

        Northern Kentucky commuters returned to work Tuesday with a surprise.

        I-71/75 north near the cut in the hill had been reduced to two lanes as state highway crews did maintenance. This caused a one-hour delay during rush-hour traffic Wednesday.

        “Anytime one of the local cities has a problem, we will back them up with patrols,” said Kenton County Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn.

        “Everyone needs more people some time or another.”

        Fort Mitchell's 12-person force is responsible for patrolling I-71/75 from just north of Interstate 275 to just south of the Kyles Lane exit.

        Mr. Korzenborn said a deputy will be assigned to this section of interstate for two hours during morning and afternoon rush-hour traffic.

        Sheriff's deputies have jurisdiction countywide, but generally leave policing up to county and city police.


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