Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Early study results favor
Liberty Twp. interchange



By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HAMILTON - Preliminary results of a study of the proposed eastward interchange at the Michael A. Fox Highway show that the new interchange would reduce traffic on the interstate, a Butler County transportation official said Monday. That's exactly what local officials are hoping the final results indicate.

State transportation officials won't allow construction of the interchange in Liberty Township to begin unless the study indicates that the new eastward interchange would not increase traffic on I-75.

"The preliminary results of the study are encouraging," said Rick Bailey, executive director of the Butler County Transportation Improvement District.

The study is being conducted by Resource International Inc., which has a branch office in Cincinnati. The company is under contract with the district.

Final results are expected in early to mid-July, Bailey said.

The study includes design options for the interchange.

State and federal officials favor a free-flowing configuration, which feeds traffic in a continuous stream and doesn't have traffic signals. The westbound interchange at the Fox Highway is free-flow.

Butler County and Liberty Township officials prefer options that would consume a smaller amount of developable land.

The more land needed for the interchange, the less land is available for revenue-producing commercial and industrial development.

E-mail skemme@enquirer.com




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