Monday, April 22, 2002

You Asked For It

No left-turn arrow needed, city says

        QUESTION: Are there plans for left-turn arrows at the intersection of Liberty and Sycamore streets, Over-the-Rhine? - Jeff Martin, Downtown

        ANSWER: Cincinnati Traffic Engineer Steve Bailey said this intersection was analyzed to see whether left turn arrows are justified. Observers noted that while left turns were difficult at times, most motorists were able to execute turns with caution. A check of accident records revealed no problem involving left turns. In this case, installing left-turn arrows would increase intersection delays and it is not recommended, Mr. Bailey said.

        Q: Barg Salt Run Road in Clermont County's Union Township was recently closed to build a bridge. Will the road be repaved or widened? In addition to having severe potholes, it's practically impossible to pass another car at points.


- Jennifer Adkins, Batavia

        A: Clermont County Engineer Carl Hartman said the county funded the bridge replacement while improvements to the road are the township's responsibility. The township has been working with the county to design some areas where vehicles can pull over to allow others to pass. Township Service Director Mike Powell said that because of severe topography, a complete widening of the road is not feasible. Township officials are discussing what improvements may be made. No decision has been reached.

        Q: Can something be done about the many vehicles parked on Midway Avenue near Glenway Avenue in Price Hill. Vehicles are parked there for months and it seems a towing company uses the area as a parking lot extension. Also, is there a possibility of restricting left turns into Glenway Crossing at the driveway across from a car wash?

- Rahn Wuest, Green Township

        A: Laws restrict long-term parking on city streets and also use of a street to store or repair vehicles, Mr. Bailey said. Violations should be formally reported to the police — in this case Cincinnati Police District 3. Restricting turns into or out of private driveways, after the drives are built, can affect a property owner's ability to conduct business. It is legally important to determine if allowing the turn causes significant public nuisance before altering access. In this case, the number of left turns is neither significant nor disruptive enough to justify a left turn restriction, Mr. Bailey said.

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