Monday, December 17, 2001

You Asked For It

Center line needs warning

By Walt Schefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        QUESTION: With the increase in traffic on rural roads in the area, there also is an increase in accidents caused by vehicles driving left of center. I would like to know the possibility of using rumble strips in the center of roads where double yellow lines are marked to alert drivers that they are driving on or over the center line. Bill Bennett Miami Township, Hamilton County

        ANSWER: Tom Langenbrunner, of the Hamil- ton County engineer's office, said the majority of key county roads in unlighted areas have raised reflectors along the center line. The county has no intention of adding rumble strips, he said.

        Steve Barnett, spokesman for the Hamilton County sheriff's office, said the sheriff's road patrol, for several years now, has reported no significant increase in crashes caused by motorists veering over the center line.

        Q: When will traffic flow from Interstate 275 to northbound Interstate 75 in Sharonville be improved? East and westbound I-275 motorists are forced to merge into one lane in a very short distance before entering the underpass of the north I-75 ramp to westbound I- 275. This creates backups east and west on I-275. Isn't there room for two lanes of traffic under the northbound I-75 ramp to westbound I-275? Steve Kron, Colerain Township

        A: Kim Patton, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), examined the lanes at this location and determined there is not enough room to widen it to two lanes. However, in 2003, the state plans to widen I-75 from the Kemper Road interchange in Sharonville north to the Tylersville Road interchange in West Chester. The ramps will be widened as part of that project.

        Q: A serious accident could occur on Loveland-Madeira Road past the intersection with Kemper Road in Symmes Township. The new traffic pattern has made it possible to maintain two lanes to Kemper, but after passing Kemper, the right lane ends with only one sign before the intersection alerting motorists. The way the road is marked also makes it difficult to tell that the right lane ends past a Burger King. Drivers in the curb lane assume they have the right of way. Are there any changes in signage being planned? Julie Burwinkel, Loveland

        A: Mr. Langenbrunner said more signage is being installed in this area. The county is adding a “Right Lane — Yield Ahead” sign just south of Kemper Road, and placing a “Right Lane — Yield” sign north of Kemper where the road narrows.

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