Monday, January 14, 2002

You Asked For It


Left-turn signals not feasible

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        QUESTION: Can a study be conducted to determine if left-turn arrows are feasible at Harrison Road at the intersection of Race Road? This is a very busy intersection, yet there are no left-turn arrows onto Race in either direction. - Carol Saul, Bridgetown

        ANSWER: Tom Langenbrunner of the Hamilton County engineer's office said the department has reviewed installation of left-turn arrows for Race and Harrison roads. Traffic counts do not indicate a significant number of left turns from Harrison onto Race, but installation still would require dedicated left-turn lanes to operate properly. Adding those lanes would move through traffic on Harrison into one lane. Green and amber signal time would need to be reduced from one of the other signal sequences. That would greatly affect the capacity of the intersection. With few motorists turning left, and the effect on the capacity of an already heavily traveled intersection, County Engineer William W. Brayshaw decided turn arrows can not be justified.

        Q: Will a left-turn arrow be installed at Glenway Avenue (Ohio 264) onto Westbourne Drive? - Dick Breitfelder, Green Township

        A: Kim Patton, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation, said installation of a left-turn arrow is being planned. It will not occur until late in 2002.

        Q. The intersection of Glenway Avenue and Guerley Road in Price Hill is a constant trouble spot. I believe the traffic would flow better through this intersection if the right lane on Glenway, heading west, was a right-turn-only lane onto Guerley, except during rush hour. - Cindy Armstrong, Price Hill

        A. This situation occurs at many four- and five-lane roadways in the city, said Cincinnati Traffic Engineer Steve Bailey. Parking is allowed during non-peak traffic hours and restricted during rush hours. Many drivers are aware of this arrangement and, in reality, the right lane is used mostly for right turns during those non-peak times. It is difficult to maintain part-time lane control signage and many drivers would violate such signage even if it were installed, he said. Therefore, Mr. Bailey said, the city does not utilize part-time right-turn-only lanes under these conditions.

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