Monday, June 03, 2002

You Asked For It

Ways to alleviate traffic woes

By Walt Schaefer,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        QUESTION: Recently, new traffic lights were installed in Miami Township in Clermont County at Ohio 131 and Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road. The new lights are helpful when tuning left from southbound Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill onto eastbound Ohio 131.

        The problem is traffic backs up on westbound Ohio 131 with about half of that planning to turn right onto Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill. There is adequate room to add a right turn lane for westbound Ohio 131 to northbound Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill. This would relieve much congestion. Has it been considered?
       Jack Sawyer, Milford

        ANSWER: Kim Patton, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation, said the state has a project, scheduled in 2004, to construct a right turn lane on Ohio 131 at this intersection.

        Q: Going southbound on Mosteller Road before Kemper Road and turning onto eastbound Interstate 275, the entrance ramp is next to the exit ramp. It would be very easy to turn onto the exit ramp and go the wrong way on the interstate. There are no signs identifying the entrance ramp. It should be marked clearly. Turning onto westbound I-275 isn't much better. Can someone take care of this?
       Jim Matosky
       Symmes Township

        A: Mrs. Patton said traffic engineers discovered missing signs. One new sign has been installed, and another will be ordered and installed on delivery.

        Q: In Colerain Township, the right lane of Hamilton Avenue ends about 300 feet north of the Houston Road/I-275 West interchange and forces traffic to merge left. I have seen two accidents caused by drivers who "fly' up the right lane of Hamilton and try to cut into the left lane. I suggest giving the Hamilton Avenue northbound right lane a right-turn-only designation to access I-275 West.
       Steve Wirth,
       Springfield Township

        A: Mrs. Patton said traffic engineers are hesitant to eliminate the additional lane for those motorists who use it safely. Engineers also are concerned that even if they designate it for right turns only, signs will not deter rude motorists from still using it as a through lane. No changes are planned.

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