Saturday, June 19, 2004

Warren traffic tieups studied

Resident survey lists worst spots

By Perry Schaible
Enquirer contributor

LEBANON - A southwest Warren County task force will look ahead to traffic in the year 2030 as it works on ways to ease bottlenecks.

The Fields-Ertel/Mason-Montgomery roads intersection, and nearby I-71 interchange, have been identified by residents as the areas with the worst congestion, according to an informal survey released Friday by the Southwest Warren County Transportation Task Force.

The informal survey of several dozen residents was part of a two-year effort to address congestion.

Other problem areas cited in the survey were Mason-Montgomery Road, Ohio 741 including Kings Mills Road and its interchange at I-71, and Fields-Ertel Road.

"Many of the areas that (the task force) identified were kind of reiterated through the public process," said Dory Montazemi, deputy executive director with the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments.

About 39,000 vehicles a day use Fields-Ertel Road at I-71, said Herb Mack, of the Burgess and Niple engineering and architectural firm. He projects traffic at the intersection will increase to 41,000 by 2030, at an area that's already getting as much traffic as it can handle.

"One conclusion you can draw there is it's basically at capacity now and you're not going to be able to get much more through it," he said.

The task force, which also has other traffic projections for the decades ahead, will meet again at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 27 in the county administration building where they'll begin to propose solutions, Montazemi said.

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