MOUNT VERNON — The city continues to get complaints about traffic backing up on eastbound Coshocton Avenue even though the traffic light timing changes recommended by the recent Ohio Department of Transportation study have been made.
Mayor Richard Mavis said at his weekly press meeting Friday that some of the problem may have been due to heavier-than-normal holiday traffic, but the problem seems to still be concentrated at the section west of the light at Vernedale Avenue. Before the improvement project there were two lanes going through the intersection; now there is one, with a designated turn lane. Why eliminating the short section of the second lane should have caused the problem remains a puzzle.
One of the frequent complaints has been about the difficulty in leaving the ATM at First-Knox National Bank and getting back onto Coshocton Avenue. Mavis said he, Safety/Service Director Dave Glass and City Engineer Cameron Keaton will meet with bank officials next week to discuss the problem.
Keaton will examine the situation, consult further with ODOT engineers and see if anything will help. Mavis said one of the options that may be considered is to return the section of Coshocton to the previous markings.
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