Sunday, April 25, 1999

Input sought on options for I-71 traffic


OKI plans series of public meetings

BY TANYA ALBERT
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        It's time again for Greater Cincinnatians to share their thoughts on how to improve traffic in the Interstate 71 corridor.

        The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) will hold several public meetings next month to talk about the environmen tal, social and economic impacts that light rail or other transportation plans could have on increasing traffic.

        A two-year preliminary engineering study for a $600 million-plus light-rail line from Covington to Blue Ash is just under way. But no decisions have been made on that, and other options are being considered:

        • Doing nothing beyond highway and transit improvements already planned.

        • Using Transportation System Management Techniques, such as major expansion of the bus system, carpooling and traffic engineering improvements.

        • Building a light-rail line that would eventually stretch 33 miles from the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport to the Kings Mills area in southern Warren County and incorporating the above two options.

        Open houses are scheduled from:

        • 5 to 8 p.m. May 10, at the Evanston Recreation Center, 3204 Woodburn Ave. Presentation at 6 p.m.

        • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 11, at the Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft, 318 E. Fourth St. in downtown Cincinnati. Presentation at noon.

        • 5 to 8 p.m. May 12, in the Blue Ash city council chambers, 4343 Cooper Road. Presentation at 6 p.m.

        • 5 to 8 p.m. May 18, in Covington city commission chambers, 638 Madison Ave. Presentation at 6 p.m.

        For more information, call the project hot line at 929-2828 or go to the OKI Web site at www.oki.org

       



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