Sunday, October 22, 2000

Railroad work to close highway

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SPRINGDALE — A chronic traffic bottleneck will temporarily close beginning Monday when repair work on an Ohio 747 railroad crossing will shut down the roadway.

        Springdale officials announced the temporary closing of Ohio 747 at the request of CSX Railroad officials who said the crossing, just north of Interstate 275, needs repair.

        The roadway will be closed begining 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday as CSX crews replace wooden timbers that undergird the train crossing on Ohio 747 between Progress Place and Crescentville Road.

        Springdale City Administrator Cecil Osborn asked that motorists who regularly travel the major north-south roadway connecting northern Hamilton County to southern Butler County be patient and, if possible, avoid using Ohio 747, also known as Princeton Pike at that location.

        A short detour around the railroad crossing will be in use, he said, but motorists should still expect delays because of the large volume of traffic that regularly uses Ohio 747.

        More than 35,000 vehicles use the roadway daily.

        Mr. Osborn said the crossing repair is not related to a much larger $8.8 million road and railway project scheduled for the area. An underpass project scheduled to begin in December 2001 and end two years later will widen Ohio 747 and will lower the road to allow traffic to travel beneath the railroad tracks.

        Northbound Ohio 747 motorists will be detoured west onto Progress Place to north on Centron Place to West Crescentville Road. Motorists may then travel east on Crescentville to north on Ohio 747.

        Southbound motorists will be detoured west onto West Crescentville Road to south on Centron Place to east on Progress Place. Motorists may then travel south on Ohio 747.

        Springdale police suggest the following alternate routes:

        Northbound motorists may travel north on Ohio 4 (Springfield Pike) to east on Muhlhauser Road to north on Ohio 747; or they may travel north on I-75 to the new Union Centre Boulevard exit.

        Southbound motorists may travel west on Muhlhauser Road to Ohio 4 (Springfield Pike), then south until Ohio 4 merges with Ohio 747 (Princeton Pike); or they may access south I-75 at Union Centre Boulevard.


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