Wednesday, January 19, 2000

Sound off on road connection

Public input a factor in what to do

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FLORENCE — Residents will have a chance Feb. 10 to air opinions on a proposal that would link Hopeful Church and Mall roads.

        GRW Engineers Inc., a consulting firm, will solicit public input for a study it will present to Florence City Council.

        Representatives from the consulting firm gave a short presentation to council members Tuesday night. The firm will take into consideration traffic patterns, current and planned development, and public input when drafting the study.

        Council members will use the information to narrow five choices for road alignment to one.

        “More and more the public input is tweaking the final decision,” said Ben Fister of GRW.

        The goal is to relieve congestion at the Mall Road intersections of U.S. 42 and Ky. 18 and provide local access to business areas.

        “We're going to have a capacity problem in 2025,” said Florence City Coordinator Jeff Koenig. “I'm here to tell you today it's going to get worse, not better.”

        Some residents have voiced opposition because they say it will disrupt their neighborhoods with too much dust and noise.

        The firm plans to use traffic information from the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments. It will also do traffic counts at specific intersections.

        The road is already in the state's six-year plan for 2001. The $1.6 million cost, though, will be divided equally by the city, county and state.

        Representatives from GRW will give a short presentation at the Feb. 10 public workshop and solicit public comment. It will be held at the Florence Government Center.

        A public hearing is also scheduled for April.


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