Monday, October 08, 2001

You Asked For It

No easy fix for Plainfield

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        QUESTION: Going south on Plainfield Road at the Montgomery Road intersection in Silverton, the left lane is for left turns and motorists continuing straight toward Pleasant Ridge. The right lane is for right turns. Often, drivers behind a left turning vehicle try to go around it into the right lane. Wouldn't it be safer, and provide for better traffic flow, if the left lane was left turn only, and the right lane for motorists going straight and turning right? -Eileen Beckman, Pleasant Ridge

        ANSWER: This intersection has posed a longstanding problem because it is offset. Plainfield Road does not meet Montgomery Road directly across from it, said Rick Lehmkuhl, of Silverton's service department. Silverton paid for a traffic safety study a few years ago and it was recommended that no changes be made because altering the lane designations as suggested would result in an even more hazardous situation. The only answer — realigning Plainfield — is cost-prohibitive because business properties would be involved and buildings razed.

        Q: There are concrete forms at one entrance from Second Street's north-side “sidewalk” to the future Metro terminal. Although the terminal is a long way off, what is the schedule for finishing the sidewalk? Some concrete, instead of weeds, would make a big difference. - Steve Engelhardt, Dearborn County

        A: Don Gindling, a supervising engineer in Cincinnati's department of traffic engineering, said the city was advised to wait until fall to plant trees along Second Street and could not install sidewalk pavers before the trees. The trees should be planted soon and the sidewalks finished before the end of the year.

        Q: For several months, workers have been digging a large hole near the westbound ramp to Interstate 275 from Ohio 28 in Miami Township. What could possibly be in this hole? - Eric Landis, Sharonville

        A: Clermont County Water and Sewer wis putting in a water main.

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