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.
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."
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.