Monday, April 19, 2010

Brent Spence concepts soon to be three; New system for Lateral

The six preliminary concepts for the $2 billion-$3 billion replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge will soon be narrowed to three, following a presentation by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet last Thursday.

The project's advisory and aesthetic committees are expected to trim the number of concepts within the next several weeks. All six bridge concepts will be posted to the project website beginning tomorrow, and public comments to the project team will be accepted through the website's feedback link.

Work won't begin until at least 2015, or when the I-75 Mill Creek Expressway and Thru the Valley projects are completed.

New speed system on Lateral

ODOT also has announced that it has implemented a speed advisory system on westbound Norwood Lateral (OH-562) near the Interstate 75 interchange.

The system, which utilizes three speed sensors along OH-562 and the ramps to I-75, is designed to reduce rear-end collisions during peak travel times by disseminating real-time traffic information to motorists.

Two signs, located on either side of the Paddock Road/OH-562 interchange, provide traffic speed data – alerting drivers of slowed or stopped traffic ahead.

This is the first such permanent system to be deployed by ODOT.

"The safety of the traveling public is of the utmost importance to the Ohio Department of Transportation, and we do our best to keep our roads safe," said District 8 Deputy Director Hans Jindal. "Hopefully this new tool will assist us in enhancing our goal of 'Target: Zero' for any safety hazard."

Previous reading on BC:
Streetcar tentatively awarded $15M, other projects recommended (3/22/10)
Revive I-75 seeks to improve adjacent neighborhoods (11/17/09)
Cincinnati taking action on roadway improvements (11/3/09)
Cincinnati endorses Brent Spence policy project guidelines (6/10/09)
Hybrid of four Brent Spence alternatives recommended (5/13/09)