Monday, May 07, 2001
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Hyde Park crosswalk obstacle
By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer
QUESTION: The intersection of Marburg and Wasson avenues in Hyde Park has walk lights at crosswalks. Yet, it is impossible for a wheelchair to cross Wasson and continue on Marburg because there is no ramp and a high curb. Are there plans for a ramp? - Carol Law, Hyde Park
ANSWER: Cincinnati Traffic Engineer Steve Bailey said this is a location where the city would like to provide a wheelchair ramp and one is included in long range planning when the bridge over railroad tracks in replaced in about five years. Because of the high curb, the proximity of the bridge and slope issues, the city has been unable to find a way to construct a safe ramp.
Q. On Eden Avenue, in front of the new Vontz Center, there are No Parking signs, but the curb is not painted yellow. In late afternoon, people park there, blocking the driving lane. Will the city paint the curb yellow and have police patrol the area and cite violators? - Carol S. Feustel, Aurora
A. Mr. Bailey said Cincinnati does not paint curbs because of high maintenance costs. Cincinnati police will increase visibility in the area and cite violators.
Q. The Pfeiffer Road entrance ramp onto southbound Interstate-71 is confusing. Traffic eastbound on Pfeiffer has a yield sign when turning right onto the interstate ramp. There is a traffic light at the intersection. Traffic heading west on Pfeiffer has a left turn arrow at this light. Westbound motorists on Pfeiffer have a green light, but no green arrow. Turning left onto the ramp, do you have the right of way over the traffic with the yield sign?
Nick Klaene, Sycamore Township
A.Kim Patton, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation said the yield sign is in place because traffic engineers do not want westbound traffic to back up on Pfeiffer Road. They want traffic turning left onto the interstate to move at quickly as possible. Motorists turning right must yield to those turning left.
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