Wednesday, July 19, 2000

Study looks at Wal-Mart concerns

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT WRIGHT — More traffic lights, additional turn lanes and an access road should meet the needs of a proposed Wal-Mart SuperCenter and address existing traffic problems at Ky. 17 and Highland Pike, a traffic impact study says.

        The study that Pflum, Klausmeier & Gehrum Consultants, Inc. prepared for developer Jim Berling is among the information that county planners will consider at a public hearing on the project Aug. 3.

        For months, Fort Wright residents and city officials have said that traffic is their main worry if a 204,184-square-foot Wal-Mart and 12 smaller retail businesses are built on 64 acres off Ky. 17 between Orphanage Road and Highland Pike. Fort Wright Administrator Larry Klein and Mayor Gene Weaver could not be reached for comment.

        The study suggests adding traffic signals at both ends of the proposed Valley View Parkway, a new three-lane road that would provide access to the Wal-Mart from Highland Pike and Orphanage Road.

        The Kenton County and Municipal Planning and Zoning Commission will consider two requests related to the proposed Wal-Mart when it meets at 6:15 p.m. Aug. 3 at 2332 Royal Dr. in Fort Mitchell.


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