Tuesday, February 4, 2003

You Asked For It

Ohio 28 merge lane to be studied

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

QUESTION: Eastbound on Ohio 28 at the Ohio 28 Bypass in Miami Township, Clermont County, there are two left turn lanes for Ohio 28 with the right lane terminating and merging left. However, because of a left-turn lane almost immediately ahead of the merge, drivers in the right lane often fail to yield. Would it make sense for the left lane - rather than the right lane - to end and yield?

- Karin Fritsch, Loveland

ANSWER: Joseph E. Bassil, traffic maintenance engineer for the Ohio Department of Transportation, said ODOT will study the area to determine what measures will best improve the situation and minimize driver confusion.

Q: Why is there no left-turn lane, left-turn arrow or left-turn sign at the light going westbound on Werk Road at Glenway Avenue in Westwood?

- Linda Rudisell, Bridgetown

A: Cincinnati Traffic Engineer Steve Bailey said an analysis of the intersection indicates that left turns from westbound Werk to Glenway are safely made during gaps in traffic.

UPDATE: Last May, ODOT officials reported a sign indicating a continuous left lane would be placed on westbound Glendale-Milford just after getting off Interstate 75. Barry Adamson, of Forest Park, who requested the change, said no sign had appeared after waiting more than six months.

Bassil, of ODOT, reports the original work order was misplaced. The new sign has been placed. "We apologize for the delay," Bassil said.

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