Thursday, April 13, 2000

I-75 corridor study plans monthly meetings

Panel to look into updating highway

BY Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Ed Meiners is concerned about what impact a new study of the Interstate 75 corridor, from north of Dayton to Northern Kentucky, will have on a controversial proposal to build a new Kyles Station interchange.

        “Yes, I struggle in traffic like everyone else,” said the small-business owner who lives on nine acres in Deerfield Township. “I'm not anti-growth. I know that something needs to be done to I-75, but I don't necessarily want a new interchange at Kyles Station.”

        He was one of the few non-bureaucrats attending a meeting in Evendale Wednesday to launch a 24-month, $6 million study on how to update the 40-year-old freeway. The North South Transportation Initiative intends to make recommendations on how to relieve congestion, improve safety, rebuild dated interchange designs and improve air quality. Funding for the finalized plan will be sought when Congress meets in 2003.

        The study is being conducted by the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) and its counterpart in the Miami Valley region. Eighty percent of the $6 million study will be paid for with federal tax dollars while the remaining 20 percent will come from the about 45 communities along the corridor.

        No recommendations were made at Wednesday's organizational meeting. This was the first of monthly meetings of a committee of business leaders, community members and regional planners, overseeing the study. The group tentatively decided to meet on the second Wednesday of every month at the Evendale Recreation Center on Reading Road.

        A similar study of the Interstate 71 corridor ended by recommending the reconstruction of Fort Washington Way, widening of a section of the freeway and a light rail line from Covington to Blue Ash.


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