Thursday, July 2, 2009

'Right of entry' ordinance for I-75 project in Cincinnati committee

An ordinance allowing the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to get a jump on the $664 million I-75 Mill Creek Expressway project is currently in Cincinnati City Council's Finance Committee.

The ordinance would allow the City to enter into a contract for right of entry with the State of Ohio to allow ODOT to have access to City-owned land in and around the Monmouth Avenue overpass in Camp Washington to begin preliminary work on what is referred to as "Phase 2", the $6.5 million reconstruction of the bridge and roadway.

Under the terms of the contract, ODOT would have the right to enter upon these lands after January 1, 2010, and could occupy and construct upon the property following April 1, 2010.

ODOT also would advance the City $600,000 to be applied to the future purchase of property it requires for construction.

The state is still awaiting appraisals of the City-owned parcels it will require before negotiations for their purchase can begin.

Scheduled to begin next spring and to be completed in May 2020, the I-75 Mill Creek Expressway project includes the addition of one traffic lane in each direction between the Western Hills Viaduct and Paddock Road and reconstruction of the interchanges at Hopple Street, I-74, Mitchell Avenue, the Norwood Lateral (OH-562), and Paddock Road.

The partial interchange at Towne Street will be eliminated.

Previous reading on BC:
With finding of no impact, $664M Mill Creek Expressway project advances (6/9/09)
I-75 environmental document now available (1/29/09)
Cincinnati council opposed to I-75/Hopple plans (7/2/08)
Qualls submits OKI 2030 recommendations (1/8/08)