Cincinnati police ask truckers to let up near Lytle

| 4/9/2002

Truckers driving through Cincinnati's Lytle Tunnel on Interstate 71 are cautioned by police to slow down because of the possibility for tipping on the steep curve. Accidents along the reconstructed stretch of highway have been a continuing problem for truckers since it reopened last year.

The Cincinnati Police Department has issued an alert to commercial vehicle drivers to drive below the posted 50-mph limit. "We have had trucks overturn in this area even though there are warning signs recommending a safe speed of 40 mph and containing the picture of a truck tipping," said Lt. Robert Hungler, commander of the Cincinnati Police Department's traffic division. "Although our major concern is with the southbound lanes, there is also a problem in the northbound lanes."

City transportation officials are working with state transportation officials to study whether the speed limit can be lowered along Fort Washington Way. Since January 2001, shortly after Fort Washington Way opened for full use following a two-year major renovation, 13 trucks have wrecked before, inside or just after the tunnel, which has been likened to a bobsled-like turn.