Thursday, April 20, 2000

ODOT seeks input on Hamilton bridge

High Street structure to be replaced

BY Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — The Ohio Department of Transportation wants to hear what you have to say about the design of the proposed High Street bridge over the Great Miami River.

        A public meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the St. Clair Room at the Hamiltonian Hotel. Residents will be able to comment on the aesthetic enhancements and innovative design of the bridge, as well as design elements such as lighting and railings, said Hans Jindal, planning and environmental engineer for the Ohio Department of Transportation.

        The four-lane bridge will be replaced with a six-lane, arched bridge. More than 32,000 cars a day use the

        bridge, built in 1915. That number is expected to grow to 43,000 by 2020, a 32 percent increase.

        Some citizens have raised concerns about tearing down a piece of Hamilton's history, said Michael Samoviski, Hamilton's director of Public Works. However, he said the purpose of Tuesday's meeting is not to discuss the merits of the project because ODOT — with the blessing of Hamilton City Council — is recommending that the bridge be replaced.

        The 600-foot bridge, which is part of Hamilton's Civic Center Historic District, has been nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.

        Construction of the new bridge, which could cost between $5.5 million and $7.5 million, will be paid for with state and federal funds.

        If the project goes according to the timetable, the bridge could be completed by 2005, Mr. Samoviski said.

        ODOT will have displays of other historic bridges that have been replaced.

        Written suggestions should be sent to: Hans Jindal, Ohio Department of Transportation District 8, 505 S. Ohio 741, Lebanon, OH 45036. Comments must be received by May 5.


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