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Department of Transportation District 8 Internet News Release
Eggleston Avenue Ramp to Permanently Close
CINCINNATI - The Ohio Department of Transportation announced today the ramp from southbound Interstate 471 to Eggleston Avenue will permanently close to traffic on Saturday, January 26, 2002.
"The Eggleston Avenue ramp was constructed with one sole
purpose: to alleviate traffic congestion while Fort Washington Way was
under construction," said Mike Flynn, District 8 Deputy Director
for the Ohio Department
Flynn stated the Eggleston Avenue ramp also poses serious safety hazards if used on a long term basis:
The Eggleston exit ramp was designed to accommodate vehicles moving at slower rates of speed through a construction zone. The current ramp cannot safely handle vehicles traveling at normal, higher rates of speed.
The Eggleston ramp is located too close to the Liberty Street entrance ramp to I-471. There is not enough distance between the two ramps to allow traffic to safely change lanes.
The lanes on the Eggleston ramp are too short to store an adequate number of vehicles. This could result in backups on Interstate 471.
The ramp's design creates a sight distance problem for motorists.
The Eggleston Avenue ramp opened in July 1998 at a cost of $421, 632.