Tuesday, June 22, 1999

Locals to shape parkway plans


Options to be unveiled at public forum

BY TOM O'NEILL
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Citizens have a unique — and lengthy — opportunity to shape plans for an Eastgate Parkway at a seven-hour public forum Thursday at Glen Este High School.

IF YOU GO
What: Eastgate Parkway public meeting

When: 2-9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Glen Este High School gymnasium, 4342 Gleneste-Withamsville Road, Union Township

Information: Comment sessions will be held in the school cafeteria 4-5 p.m. and 8-9 p.m.

        A slide-show presentation will be repeated every half-hour to accommodate as many residents as possible.

        County Engineer Carl Hartman said Monday officials are considering three possible routes for the parkway, which would connect Clough Pike at Interstate 275 with Ohio 32 near Olive Branch-Stonelick Road.

        The plans were prompted, in part, by traffic congestion in Newtown, particularly from motorists who live in the booming western edge of Clermont County and work closer to Cincinnati.

        The I-275/32 corridor is considering one of the region's most congested areas, and growth in Clermont County is expected to continue as it has throughout the 1990s.

        For instance, the number of car registrations in Clermont increased from 139,000 in 1990 to 193,000 in '97.

        “We're looking at 2025, and 35 percent of the land in that corridor is undeveloped,” Mr. Hartman said.

        “It's definitely going to be developed, and that's their right. Therefore we need to be proactive.”

        The plans are welcome relief to many motorists frustrated by rush-hour congestion on 32, but some oppose the plan because they believe it will destroy their neighborhood.

        One such group, Citizens Against the Parkway (CAP), presented 960 signatures to officials earlier this year.

        ODOT announced late last year a new I-275 interchange at Clough Pike, and development of a new interchange on 32 at Olive Branch-Stonelick, but connection routes still are being considered.

        Agencies expected to attend include the United States Department of Transportation, the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Clermont County Board of Commissioners, and the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana (OKI) Regional Council of Governments.

       



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