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Friday, August 16, 2013

Traffic and Newport Pavilion at a Tipping Point


The addition of Chick Fil A added a few wrinkles to the make-up of the Newport Pavilion. After the anchor stores were set in place, it was the most talked about retailer in the new development and it has not been a disappointment. The double drive-thrus are constantly packed and the population of "Toddler Town" inside the restaurant may top that of the population of Woodlawn.

One thing that the developers may have not anticipated is the traffic.



The single lanes on Pavilion Parkway, especially heading toward Carothers Road are mind-numbingly blocked. Especially in the afternoon.

Add in the fact that the exits off 471 are in stages of being closed, and the construction going on across the Pavilion Parkway where Dick's Sporting Goods is being put up and you can find yourself stuck in that traffic for 5-10 minutes for traveling just over a few hundred yards.

Even with the assistance of Newport Police directing traffic, the additions to the Newport Pavilion have hit a tipping point. Something has got to give.

I reached out to my contact at Anchor Associates and the City of Newport to see what, if any, long-term solutions are in place to fix the traffic woes.

"(With) construction on I-471, the ramps and  at Newport Pavilion can create a traffic problem.   Carothers Road will still need to be raised, the intersection will need to be lined up with the two retail centers, there will be lane changes and stacking lanes added.  It will just take some time to complete all of the work needed to finish the projects."

The lane changes and stacking lanes cannot come soon enough. Even with all the talk of raising Carothers Road, my mind cannot comprehend what that will look like. All I know right now is that I try my best to stay away from the Pavilion. Off the top of my head, changing the timing of the light at the 4-way intersection of Carothers Road and Pavilion Parkway would alleviate some headaches.

Down the road, simply adding an exit point to the other side of Chick Fil A and a right-turn only, heading south on Carothers Road would help immensely.

The City of Newport let me know that the Newport Police Department was in charge of traffic questions and at the time of publishing, they had not returned inquiries on the issue.

14 comments:

  1. Yes, something should be done to improve the traffic situation!

    In addition, I would love to see a good crosswalk at the big intersection (between Chick-Fil-A and Planet Fitness for any pedestrians (and there are many.)

    Why can't the TANK buses come into the pavilion as well - there are people (like my daughter, for example) who do not have a car and depend on the bus for transportation to get to work or to shop there. I've been told TANK is more than willing, but the developer won't allow it.

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  2. We started going to the Bellevue Kroger just to avoid the traffic. When the 471 exit/on ramps open back up, the traffic on Pavilion Parkway will lighten up a little bit.

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  3. I agree with the timing of the light. Only 6-8 cars at a time are able to get off of Pavillion Pkwy and onto Carothers within the 40 seconds of green light. I can't imagine how traffic will end up looking when there are more businesses open.

    It's a little disappointing that someone didn't buy the Newport Shopping Center and re-face it completely and put all of these stores there, where parking is abundant and multiple entrances/exits already exist.

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  4. How fitting to stumble upon this post while sitting in traffic at Chik-fil-A! My kids think its worth the traffic battle :)

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  5. Can you imagine what it will be like during the holidays? No thanks.

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  6. I have started avoiding the area as much as possible. While I used to do my banking, pharmacy and grocery shopping at the Pavilion, I now visit FAR less frequently. The traffic in the area along with the traffic issues on 471 make the entire place a headache to visit. If some of the problems can be resolved, I will definitely return!

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  7. I agree wholeheartedly on the issues at the Carothers intersection and the lack of tank stops. I am also concerned that there is no safe way to cross the Memorial Parkway bridge as a pedestrian, and it doesn't appear that side walks are being added along Carothers. This is an urban shopping destination. There should be safer ways for people to travel by foot or bike. The stops for the tank's 11 route are ridiculous. Will it take a personal injury or death for these safety issues to be addressed? No one at the city or tank expressed interest or concern when I brought this up several years ago. The city needs to step up and protect its citizens and visitors. The new tax base is great, but all costs should be considered.

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  8. Regarding "Why didn't someone buy/remodel the existing shopping center?"...Well, that requires the current owner to be willing to sell, and he's not! He'd rather it sat there, mostly empty, than sell it. THAT'S the shameful part.

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  9. Maybe you Fort Thomas Cake eaters should just stay in fort Thomas.

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  10. Maybe you should start Newport Matters so you don't have to come to a Fort Thomas site and hate on Fort Thomas people.

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  11. I would gladly stay in Ft Thomas but all the good cake stores are in Newport. Plus it appears that you are allowed to shop there without wearing a shirt.

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    Really? Don't indulge them.....

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  13. What part of the shopping center is empty? You're lack of comprehension is shameful.

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  14. I have been told by tank drivers that its the target store that is preventing tank service to the krogers. Shamefull..

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