Monday, April 08, 2002

You Asked For It

State plans to widen Montgomery Road

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        QUESTION: Are there plans to widen or redirect traffic on Montgomery Road east of Fields Ertel Road? - Ryan Cunningham, Symmes Township

        ANSWER: Kim Patton, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation, said final design for widening Montgomery Road between Interstate 275 and the Little Miami River, has begun. It will take 18 to 24 months to complete. ODOT is trying to secure funding — about $50 million — for right-of-way acquisition and construction of the project.

        Q: Why is there a “No Turn On Red” sign when turning right onto Markbreit Avenue from southbound Madison Road? Because of the design of the square, there is no oncoming traffic from northbound Madison onto westbound Markbreit. - Frank Spicer, Norwood

        A: Cincinnati Traffic Engineer Steve Bailey said the “No Turn On Red” restriction is required because traffic turning right would be moving in conflict with pedestrians who have the “Walk” light to cross Markbreit. The gentle angle of this turn creates an unsafe situation for pedestrians. The traffic light for this right turn is red during the time the “Walk” and flashing “Don't Walk” indications are displayed, and ,in combination with the turn restriction, helps reduce the hazard to pedestrians.

        Q: I recall that many stop signs were ordered removed in Delhi Township because the state said they didn't meet standards. Harrison and Cleves also have an overabundance of stop signs. How can I have the state order them out? - John Santen ,Cleves

        A: Mrs. Patton said Harrison and Cleves are incorporated municipalities. By state law, they are responsible for their traffic control devices.

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