The new detour for Clinton Street has begun to cause some unexpected problems, but not for people heading south.
Q. Has there been any talk about adding temporary markers to border the left and right lanes of northbound Spy Run? Because of the way the lanes are set, many cars in the left lane drive through the lane markers when the right lane should have the right of way. – Nathan Davis
A. At first I didnt know what the problem was, Nathan, and then I drove the section for myself.
You are absolutely correct that drivers on this section of Spy Run Avenue, just south of State Boulevard, seem to just ignore the lane markings on the street. This forced me to judiciously use my horn to prod a driver to stay in his lane instead of sideswiping my car.
For those unaware, this is the section of Spy Run that was reduced to two lanes to allow southbound traffic to use the third lane while the state replaces the Clinton Street bridge over the Spy Run Creek.
The problem is most vehicles stack up in the left northbound lane and then try to merge right once the right-turn lane onto State appears. This causes a pretty big conflict when drivers in the left lane choose to go straight instead of turning onto State.
Unfortunately, the best the city can offer at this time is to monitor the situation.
Shan Gunawardena, city traffic engineer, said he considered installing cones to separate the two lanes at this point, but concerns arose about the ease to knock these down. If a vehicle were to do so, the cones could become an obstruction in the travel lanes and send drivers swerving around them. This could create more problems than exist now.
He said getting drivers to use the lanes correctly is important; the city doesnt want to install obstacles that could create safety concerns.
So I ask all drivers using this section to follow the lane markings and not cross a solid white line. Trust me, there will be plenty of time to change lanes later.
The state will be restricting lanes on U.S. 30 between West County Line Road and Butt Road for the next two weeks. The lane restrictions, which will occur from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, will allow crews to line pipes over the Rapp/Solon Ditch. Yardberry will do the work for $519,000.
Berry Street will be closed to all traffic between Clinton Street and Barr Street next week. The street will be closed 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to allow a contractor to place a large crane in the street to lift roofing materials to the top of the Anthony Wayne Building.
This weeks audio question comes from Curtis Jailor, who asks about progress on the Fort to Port project. The segment aired Friday afternoon on WOWO and can be heard online at www.journalgazette.net/roadsage.