Monday, November 19, 2001

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Roe work hinges on weather

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Q: When approaching Vine Street on Nixon Street, coming from the Clifton business district, the left lane is for left turns only. The right lane is for traffic proceeding ahead or turning right onto Vine. The lane configuration leads to long backups down Jefferson Avenue at rush hour because of cars and trucks wanting to proceed into the medical center while those turning right cannot access the right-turn lane. Can anything be done to relieve this situation? - Don Miller, Clifton

        A. Mr. Bailey said lanes have been restriped and altered, making them longer on Jefferson to enable more motorists to get to the right-turn lane.

        Q. The traffic light at Kellogg, Delta and Eastern avenues in Columbia Tusculum causes inappropriately long delays from several turning points. There is no right turn on red allowed at any time onto westbound Eastern Avenue — the continuation of Kellogg — from southbound Delta and the traffic signal takes a long time to turn green. Also, there is plenty of sight distance to see oncoming traffic to make a safe left turn on green from eastbound Eastern to northbound Delta without restricting turns to a green arrow only. Why not allow turns during gaps in traffic? - P.J. Lindsay, Mount Lookout

        A. Mr. Bailey said his department reviewed the intersection and will install a “Right Turn On Red, Curb Lane Only” sign for southbound Delta traffic turning onto Eastern Avenue. As far as allowing for left turns during gaps in traffic, Mr. Bailey said speed and safety issues dictate that motorists be allowed to turn left only during the green arrow sequence.

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