Monday, May 17, 2010

Public can weigh in on I-75 project through June 12

The Ohio Department of Transportation, in conjunction with M·E Companies Inc. and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), held a public open house on the I-75 Thru the Valley project last Thursday at the Sharonville Convention Center.

The meeting was meant to give the public updates on the ten-year, $472 million project to widen and reconstruct I-75 between the Paddock Road exit and I-275. On display were project timelines, maps, drawings, and environmental assessment documents.

Written comments on environmental impacts or property takings can be submitted until June 12 to ODOT District 8 Environmental Engineer Ken Smith at 505 South S.R. 741, Lebanon, OH 45306 or on ODOT's website.

If no additional significant environmental impacts are identified, a finalized environmental assessment document will be forwarded to the FHWA. After the FHWA approves it and issues a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), project planners can begin work on a more detailed design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction.

The $74.2 million first phase, tentatively scheduled to begin construction in 2013, would address the area from Shepherd Lane to Glendale-Milford Road.

The first phase is fully-funded.

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