Sunday, December 17, 2000

Freeway segment near done

Eastbound Ft. Wash. Way opens early

By James Pilcher
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        All four lanes of eastbound Fort Washington Way opened Saturday night at about 7 p.m., a day and a half earlier than expected and in time for the Bengals' final home game of the season.

        The highway, which shut down two hours before scheduled Friday night to allow extra work time with rainy weather approaching, hadn't been expected to open until early Monday morning.

        Also open Saturday night was a key ramp from Second Street to northbound Interstate 71.

        Don Gindling, project manager for the $314 million renovation of the highway that connects I-71, I-75, U.S. 50 and I-471, said their weather forecasting skills were accurate enough to get the work done early.

        “We needed some dry time to paint the stripes, and we were able to start early,” Mr. Gindling said. “We had about a five-hour window and they were really out there in droves.”

        The new Ted Berry Way, named after the city's first African-American mayor, opens Monday, with a 10:30 a.m. dedication ceremony scheduled for the corner of Race Street and Ted Berry Way. The new street will serve as the main access between downtown and the Roebling Suspension Bridge.

        Another connection — Second Street to eastbound U.S. 50 (Columbia Parkway) — is scheduled to open Thursday, when officials have scheduled a public ceremony to dedicate the entire project.

        The event will be held at 1 p.m. on the pedestrian bridge from Third Street to Cinergy Field, and the public is invited.

        Ohio Department of Transportation Gordon Proctor is expected to attend, along with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary James Codell and city and county officials.

        Thursday before the ceremony, another connection — Second Street to eastbound U.S. 50 (Columbia Parkway) and I-471 — is expected to open.


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