Councilman offers ideas for improving traffic

Bret Bevens, PDT Sports Writer

November 26, 2012

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

First Ward Portsmouth City Councilman Kevin Johnson is proposing ways he says will improve traffic conditions and issues along Scioto Trail in Portsmouth. Johnson listed five things he would like to see accomplished. Johnson said he would like the city to enact appropriate traffic legislation leading to requiring and enforcing “no engine brakes,” signage at the city limits along U.S. 23 and U.S. 52.

Johnson said he would like the city to add speed limit signs at Scioto Trail northbound above Kinney’s Lane and at Scioto Trail, across from 28th Street (at the traffic light).

He also is calling for the reconfiguring the traffic light trip configuration at the Scioto Trail/Viaduct Business/15th Street entry roads to be the same as the traffic light at Scioto Trail and 28th Street so that traffic coming in from 15th Street or Viaduct businesses does not immediately trip the traffic light.

Johnson said, given the heavy traffic along the highly residential Scioto Trail and concomitant cross traffic, that the city should consider signage requiring trucks remain the right lane from the Portsmouth city limits to the Viaduct bridge, both ways; and utilizing the truck route Ordinance No. 31 of 2012, add “no through trucks,” signs at appropriate north and south Chillicothe Street locations in order to deter trucks going through downtown Portsmouth by way of Chillicothe Street.

“I am informed that pursuant to our agreement with the Shawnee State University Police Department, they are now patrolling Chillicothe Street,” Johnson said. “And once these signs are in place, I suggest asking them to help enforce this ordinance and the signage.”

Finally, Johnson asked, as the city had fast-tracked the KDMC-requested study of the stoplight at Scioto Trail and Kinney’s Lane, if Mayor David Malone would consider bringing Council up to date on what progress has been made to initiate the study; including any timelines agreed upon.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com.