Monday, January 21, 2002

Anderson trustees plan more sidewalks

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ANDERSON TOWNSHIP — The board of trustees has authorized construction of sidewalks along Eight Mile Road, a project estimated to cost about $100,000.

        The sidewalk will be built along Eight Mile from Clough Pike south to Holiday Hills Drive on the west side of the street. The sidewalk will continue on the east side to Northport Drive.

        The project is part of the township's Anderson Trails system, which is designed to make the streets in the township more accessible to pedestrians.

        The program began in 1996, and so far more than 2 miles of sidewalks have been built, said Al Mink, chairman of the township's transportation advisory committee.

        Trustee Peggy Reis said at the trustees' meeting Thursday that the rationale for the Trails system is to connect key points in the township.

        “That's exactly what we're trying to promote in the township: getting people out of their cars,” said Mrs. Reis.

        The board held a public hearing prior to their regular meeting Thursday night and encountered no opposition to the Eight Mile project.

        Just one resident spoke at the hearing, and he was enthusiastic about the project.

        “I walk everywhere,” said Paul Rottmueller, who lives on Eight Mile Road. “I'm all in favor of the sidewalk.”

        Steve Sievers of the township Department of Development Services, said sidewalks along the Eight Mile corridor are a high priority in the department.

        Dave Zaidain, director of the department, has said the density of population along Eight Mile Road and its connection with the Beechmont Avenue business district make it a priority.

        Bids will be let out in the next two months, said Mr. Sievers, and they hope to have construction finished during this season.


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