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Installation of the traffic light in Calcutta is overdue

June 13, 2011
Morning Journal News

Back in February, after receiving numerous public requests, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced that it would install a left turn signal at the intersection of state Route 11 and Dresden Avenue, near Wal-Mart in Calcutta. ODOT said the installation would take place "sometime this year."

It's now June and that turn signal has not materialized. Since warm weather has returned, shoppers are out in full force. Motorists sometimes must wait through two or three traffic light changes before they are able to turn left into the Wal-Mart plaza. At times traffic is so backed up that some drivers lose patience and make an illegal left turn into the upper entrance of the plaza that has been closed since the state Route 170 widening project in 2008. Turning into the upper entrance is not only illegal, it is a dangerous practice and some day may result in a serious accident.

ODOT wouldn't agree to install the turn signal until it received enough public requests for it. Perhaps those who find themselves wasting time sitting in traffic on Dresden Avenue need to raise their voices again to prod ODOT into action.

How hard is it to install a traffic signal, anyway?



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