Saturday, April 13, 2002

Traffic signal going up at Yankee and Ohio 63

By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

        MONROE — A busy intersection that has been the scene of several accidents in recent years is getting a traffic signal.

        Crews are finishing work on a light at Yankee Road and Ohio 63, and hope to have the signal working by the end of May. The cost is between $60,000 and $70,000.

        Ohio Department of Transportation officials said the need for a light was determined after a year-long study of traffic volume. Now, traffic stops only on Yankee, where it crosses Ohio 63.

        There were five accidents at the intersection in 1997; seven accidents in 1998; and five in 1999. .

        “The study indicated the accidents were due to the lack of gaps in the traffic,” said Joe Bassil, district traffic maintenance engineer for ODOT.

        A new Monroe Schools complex is planned for the area, but that future development did not play a role, Mr. Bassil said.

        Monroe officials, looking ahead to the school campus, applauded the move.

        “It's going to be a very big plus for us all the way around,” Monroe City Manager Don Whitman said. “We'd have asked for the light there anyway. If you're going straight (on Yankee) ... it's a very difficult intersection to get out of. There's a lot of traffic at that intersection.”

        The combination of volume and speed “prevented people on Yankee from entering 63 safely,” Mr. Bassil said. “The signal normally is a proper method of correction for that.”


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