Wednesday, December 05, 2001

Road projects get green light

No-interest state loan boosts Norwood

By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NORWOOD — The city's New Year's resolutions to repave major thoroughfares, address flooding problems and place pedestrian islands along Montgomery Road should be accomplished thanks to a $1.65 million, zero-percent-interest loan from the state.

        The 20-year loan will augment grants and city funds, allowing Norwood to spend $3.1 million in infrastructure improvements, the most the city has ever spent in one year.

        The loan from the Ohio Public Works Commission made it all possible, Mayor Joe Hochbein said.

        “For 2002, we hit a home run,” he said. The 2002 program is “almost three times the size of our largest project (in the past). This has been something that's been coming for 20 years.

        “Anyone who drives down Montgomery Road knows that it needs repair. I hope that it's a real beginning for the core downtown.”

        The $3.1 million effort will include installing storm sewer pipes for about 70 households along Elm Avenue, alleviating a 40-year-old flooding problem. The new pipe will have a diameter of 48-60 inches, doubling the present width.

        Repairing and resurfacing these main traffic arteries also will be attempted:

        • Montgomery Road, from Dana Avenue to the Norwood Lateral.

        • Ross Avenue, from Montgomery Road to Rhode Island Avenue.

        • Williams Avenue, Montgomery Road to Edwards Road.

        • Smith Road, Edwards Road to Park Avenue.

        Pedestrian islands and landscaping improvements also are planned for Montgomery Road.

        Some work — such as repaving Montgomery Road between Dana and Wayland Avenue — will begin in the spring. Other projects are not scheduled yet.


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