Thursday, November 15, 2001

Western Row-42 fix begun


Designer hired for problem corner

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — Council this week hired a Springdale company to redesign the intersection of Western Row Road and U.S. 42 because it causes headaches for truck drivers and the traffic signal is antiquated.

        TEC Engineering Inc. will be paid up to $27,500 to draw up the preliminary designs and concept plans and traffic signal and road design, among other tasks.

        Mason Engineer Richard Fair said tractor-trailers have a difficult time negotiating the turn from Western Row Road to northbound U.S. 42 without striking the traffic signal pole.

        “That particular pole has been hit several times and we're kind of concerned about it,” he said.

        The design work should start this year and is expected to be completed by spring. Then construction is expected to begin next summer and take at least nine months.

        “We may need some additional right of way on the (southwest) corner, so we have to negotiate with the property owners on the value of the right of way,” he said.

        Mr. Fair said the project could range between $150,000 and $200,000.

        The intersection of Western Row Road and U.S. 42 has been the site of nine traffic crashes in the past 12 months, according to Mason police.

        Meanwhile, beginning Wednesday through Nov. 25, Mason police will conduct an enforcement “blitz” in areas that have a high rate of traffic crashes, including U.S. 42, Ohio 741, Kings Island Drive, Western Row Road and Mason-Montgomery Road. Officers will also be actively enforcing passenger restraint laws.

       



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