Monday, October 29, 2001

You Asked For It


Bridge built for residents

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        QUESTION: On Colerain Avenue at Northgate Mall, state crews are building a pedestrian bridge. Who is expected to use this bridge? Northgate Mall shoppers have no reason to walk to the other side of Colerain and vice-versa. - Bob Bartolt, Westwood

        ANSWER: Kim Patton, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation, said traffic density on Colerain presents a safety issue for any pedestrians in the area. Residents in the area around Common Circle Drive — near the mall — requested the state consider a pedestrian bridge over the road as part of a $2 million state-funded Colerain Avenue improvement project. The project, which includes new turn lanes and signalization, should be completed in the spring,
Ms. Patton said.

        Q: Heading north, approaching Mitchell Avenue on Vine Street, only the far right lane is used by traffic proceeding north or turning right. All other lanes are marked for a left turn. Drivers must be careful because motorists in the second lane from the right occasionally proceed straight on Vine Street against the overhead signage. Perhaps another solid line in the intersection showing the second lane as a left turn only would help. - Arlene C. Miller, Clifton

        A: Cincinnati Traffic Engineer Steve Bailey said another white line in the intersection would cause motorists to misconstrue the lane as another left turn lane and erroneously make the left turn, ending up in the curb at the northwest corner of the intersection. No changes are planned.

        Q: I'm writing about the intersection of Columbia and Kings Mills roads, north of Kings High School in Deerfield Township. There is only one turn arrow at this intersection — for eastbound Kings Mills Road traffic. This causes traffic backups going west and turning into the high school. Are there plans to put turn arrows at this intersection? - Sharon Hall, Deerfield Township

        A: Warren County Engineer Neil Tunison said there no immediate changes are planned for this intersection.

        You Asked For It, which runs on Mondays, answers questions about regional history, government, schools and roads. Call 381-2800 and enter 2002. Fax 755-4150. E-mail wschaefer@enquirer.com. Mail The Cincinnati Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Drive, West Chester, OH 45069. Include name, neighborhood and phone.

       



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