Saturday, March 6, 2004

Trucks defy traffic signs on interstate

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By Dave Hofmeister
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Question: When traveling up the hill on Interstate 75 in Kentucky, there are signs saying, "All trucks must use right two lanes." These signs are up from the Brent Spence Bridge until almost the Dixie Highway exit, yet during rush hour trucks continue to slow things down traveling in three or four lanes. Any thoughts?

Bill Heis, Hebron

Answer: Truckers who use the left two lanes can be cited for failing to obey a traffic control device or impeding the flow of traffic, according to Trooper Tom Lilley of the Kentucky State Police.

Much of this stretch of I-75 falls into Covington's jurisdiction. Lt. Col. Mike Kraft, assistant police chief in Covington, said he has noticed that truckers sometimes take all four lanes, but the department has gotten no complaints about it.

He said city police set priorities in dealing with traffic issues, and concentrate more on safety concerns - such as speeding complaints along residential streets. . No special enforcement on I-75 is planned, Kraft said.

Question: I have lived on Mears Avenue in Mount Washington for 10 years, and own several apartment buildings on the street. The concrete curbs are beginning to deteriorate, and instead of fixing or replacing them with concrete, the city has randomly been throwing large globs of blacktop in the broken spots. The street is beginning to look like a slum. My neighbors and I have received no response from inquiries to the city of Cincinnati. Why isn't the city fixing the curbs correctly?

Nick Motz, Mount Washington

Answer: Mears Avenue between Glade and Beechmont avenues is scheduled for rehabilitation in 2006, according to Steve Niemeier, city traffic engineer. This will include grinding the pavement, curb repair where needed and repaving.

If residents notice problems in the meantime or are unhappy with any spot repairs by city crews, they should call the city's customer service hot line at 591-6000.

Question: In Price Hill, Trenton Avenue traffic cannot turn right on red at West Eighth Street even though a green arrow permits westbound Eighth Street traffic to turn into Trenton Avenue while eastbound Eighth Street traffic is halted.

A call to the Cincinnati Traffic Department a year ago brought no changes.

Gus Bauer, Delhi Township

Answer: Right turns on red are not allowed because this intersection is an established school crossing (St. William Church and School are there) and also a crossing for the blind (with an audible signal).

City traffic Engineer Steve Niemeier said the city would investigate the possibility of installing a right-turn arrow for Trenton Avenue traffic.

MORE ON LITTER: In a recent column, several readers complained of deplorable litter conditions along the Norwood Lateral (Ohio 562).

On Thursday, while driving east on the Lateral, I saw hardly any litter.

Officials in Norwood's new administration have made litter pickup a priority. Cincinnati officials, too, promised to pay more attention to the problem.

Have a question? E-mail it to, mail to Ask a Question, 7700 Service Center Drive, West Chester, OH 45069, or fax to 755-4150.

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