Monday, March 29, 1999

Rebuilt intersection to get signal

New turn lanes on Columbia

Enquirer Contributor

        MASON — Work to upgrade the intersection of Columbia and Western Row roads near Paramount's Kings Island is to finish in June, officials said.

        The project will add two left-turn lanes from Columbia Road onto Western Row Road and a traffic light to replace the intersection's four-way stop sign. The project also will widen Western Row as it crosses Kings Island Drive and the Interstate 71 ramps, said Kurt Weber, assistant Warren County engineer.

        “It's going to eliminate the congestion and (cut) down on the back-ups,” he said.

        Traffic now stacks up along Columbia at the four-way stop as cars wait to turn left. Back- ups are also a problem on Western Row.

        The cost of the $885,000 project is being shared by Mason, Warren County and the state.

        “That particular intersection is one of the more dangerous intersections in the city of Mason,” said City Manager Scot Lahrmer.

        “There is a constant build-up of traffic from the south on Columbia Road as you approach that intersection.”

        The project began in February. It is not expected to interfere with traffic going to Kings Island this spring because much of the work will be finished by the park's busy early-summer season, Mr. Weber said.

        Western Row and Columbia roads, little more than country back roads 20 years ago, have become busier amid rapid development along Interstate 71 in Mason and Deerfield Township, Mr. Weber said.

        “It'll improve access for our customers and certainly for our business customers in the area as well,” Mr. Lahrmer said.


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