Saturday, February 21, 2004

Where does Cleves-Warsaw come to end?

Ask Dave

By Dave Hofmeister
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Question: Many Tristate roads are named after their ending destinations. Cincinnati-Dayton, Hamilton-Mason, Cleves-Hamilton roads are just a few. One street name that I am curious about is Cleves-Warsaw. I know one end is near the Cleves area, but what about the Warsaw part? Was part of Price Hill once called Warsaw?

Jay Yaeger, Delhi Township

Answer: I turned to the experts at the Covedale Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County for the answer.

Eileen Mallory, branch manager, said that an area along Glenway Avenue between Rosemont Street and Rapid Run Pike was known as Warsaw in the early 1800s. It become known as Price Hill - after the Price family, which owned much of the land there - in the 1870s.

It's not clear why the name Warsaw was picked; it does not correspond to any family names in the area, and there was no influx of Polish immigrants at the time, Mallory said.

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Question: At the end of Price Road in Miami Township, Clermont County, there is an S curve ending at a stop sign at Loveland-Miamiville Road. It is well-traveled, one of our township parks is on Price Road, and a new elementary school is close by on Loveland-Miamiville. The road has fallen away on both sides into a creek bed and it is becoming more dangerous to pass. Is it scheduled for repair?

Pat Hadden, Miami Township

Answer: David Duckworth, township administrator, said Price Road is county-owned and maintained. The stretch of the road in question is slated for a combined county-/township-funded repair this year. The S curve will be removed and the road will be straightened.

Question: When you drive off the Western Hills Viaduct going west, there are no lane markings. You have no idea what another driver might do as you go from 4 lanes to 3. Will this area be marked soon?

Richard Hand, Delhi Township

Answer: Steve Bailey, Cincinnati traffic engineer, said the pavement markings on this section of Beekman Street were repainted last fall with temporary paint. Construction detours and heavy traffic have wiped out the markings. The contractors have been instructed to repaint the lines as soon as the weather and temperature (minimum 50 degrees) allow.

Permanent markings will be applied in April, officials said.

Question: About two years ago, a man wrote to the Enquirer to ask about a problem with semi trucks in the left lanes of the I-71 northbound Kenwood hill at rush hour, causing traffic to back up. The Ohio Department of Transportation replied that a decision had been made to put up "Slow traffic keep right" signs along that stretch of highway. Well, still waiting, same problem.

Mary Manley

Answer: Ron Mosby, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation, said one sign will be installed on I-71 between the Stewart and Kenwood road exits. The sign must be ordered - and will arrive in four to six weeks. "Weather permitting, we will install the sign as soon as possible after we receive it," he said.

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