Tuesday, October 08, 2002

You Asked For It

Paddock Road built to handle truck traffic

By Walt Schaefer wschaefer@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        QUESTION: Has Paddock Road been officially (or unofficially) declared an alternate truck route for semis going to or leaving the Bond Hill area? - Rick Salter, Paddock Hills

        ANSWER: Cincinnati Traffic Engineer Steve Bailey said the city generally does not officially designate truck routes, but does have some authority to restrict trucks on some roads so long as the restriction does not interfere with interstate commerce. Paddock Road is part of Ohio 4 - a state route designed and built to allow truck use. It also is identified as part of the national highway system which permits truck traffic without specific truck route designation.

        Q: Why is there a single yellow line separating the two northbound lanes of Central Parkway between Clifton Hills and Ludlow avenues? - Keith Vesper, Clifton

A: Mr. Bailey said the yellow line resulted from a malfunctioning paint gun and hose on a line painting truck. Attempts to remove the line have been unsuccessful. The city is in contact with a contractor who will soon test a high-pressure water paint removal system.

        Q: The intersection of Ohio 48 with U.S. 22 and Ohio 3 at Hopkinsville in Warren County always has a northbound traffic snarl during afternoon rush hour, mainly because many motorists want to make left turns. Are there plans to upgrade this intersection or somehow restrict turns? - Jaime Walker, Hamilton Township, Warren County

        A: Michael Brown, of the Ohio Department of Transportation, said the addition of a northbound left-turn lane is planned. Funding for the project should become available next summer.

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