Monday, May 4, 2009

Brent Spence open houses to show alternatives this week

Two public open houses will be held this week to present the conceptual alternatives study for the Brent Spence Bridge project.

Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, project team members will be on hand to provide illustrations of the alternatives still under consideration, which include two plans for a new double-decked bridge to be built 120 feet west of the current bridge.

Both alternatives could cause the loss of homes in Covington's Lewisburg Historic District and near the Western Hills Viaduct, and Goebel Park, Longworth Hall, and Queensgate Playfield could also be in danger.

Open houses will be held at the following locations:

On May 12, Cincinnati City Council's Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee will hold a public hearing to gather testimony about the project at the Queensgate Quality Inn, 12th Floor Banquet Room, 800 W Eighth Street.

Alternatives will be on display starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation of recommendations at 6 p.m. and public testimony at 6:30 p.m.

Last year, council passed a motion asking for the elimination of the "Queensgate Alternative" because of significant economic losses it would cause to Queensgate businesses.

Previous reading on BC:
City report: Eliminate intrusive Brent Spence alternatives (10/1/08)
Cincinnati council resolves to save Queensgate businesses, light rail options (3/28/08)
Brent Spence project releases amended schedule (2/27/08)