Monday, February 10, 2003

You Asked For It

Signs will be changed for I-471 link

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

QUESTION: Accessing Reading Road from northbound Interstate 471 downtown is much easier and safer if motorists take the Liberty Street exit off I-471.

Going southbound on I-471, traffic should be directed along Reading to the I-471 entrance there instead of to the current signage at Dorchester Avenue directing traffic to southbound I-71 forcing drivers to cross lanes to access I-471. Do you agree? - Naomi McCormick, Amelia

ANSWER: Joseph B. Bassil of the Ohio Department of Transportation agrees some signage modification, as suggested, will result in safer traffic flow.

ODOT will direct traffic to Reading Road to I-471 instead of to Dorchester. The new signage will be in place soon.

Q: The exit from northbound Interstate 275 at Ohio 28 (Milford/Blanchester) provides motorists with single right- and left turn lanes. At rush hour, the right lane backs up - often onto the interstate while the left-turn lane has little traffic.

Why not allow left- and right-turns from what is now the left-turn lane? - Jeff Leroy, Loveland

A: Jay Hamilton, ODOT planning engineer, said the ramp is to be widened with work starting in spring . ODOT has been working with Clermont County and the developer for a future Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse near the ramp to make the road improvement.

Q: Surf Cincinnati in Forest Parkhas been closed for more than a year although Interstate 275 signage for the park is still in place. When will the signs be removed? - John Wintz, New Burlington

A: Bassil said ODOT is updating all interstate signs in this area and work will begin soon. If Surf Cincinnati remains closed, signs directing motorists to the park will be removed.

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