Friday, June 22, 2012

Temporary Duck Creek/Kennedy lanes open Tuesday

When temporary lanes on Duck Creek Road open to traffic next Tuesday, work on extending Kennedy Avenue one-half of a mile southward can begin in earnest.

The temporary eastbound and westbound lanes of Duck Creek Road have been built slightly north of the existing intersection of Duck Creek Road and Kennedy Avenue and will remain in place throughout most of the Kennedy Connector project, scheduled to be completed in fall 2013. Between Ridge Road and Kennedy Avenue, Duck Creek Road will be limited to one lane, eastbound only.

Additionally, Ibsen Avenue will be closed between Marburg Avenue and Ridge Road and will be open to traffic on weekend afternoons only; and will be closed between Ridge and Madison roads until mid-July, when a portion will re-open to accommodate water main work along Madison Road.

When completed, the $30 million project is expected to alleviate traffic on Ridge Road and provide better access from Madison Road to Interstate 71 northbound by:

  • Adding a new five-lane Kennedy Avenue between Duck Creek and Madison roads with a center, left-turn only lane. New landscaping, sidewalks, and bicycle infrastructure will be added.
  • Realigning Ibsen Avenue between Marburg and Ridge avenues, with Ibsen Avenue continuing eastward to tie into the Kennedy Connector.
  • Realigning and improving the intersection at Ibsen Avenue and Ridge Road, Ibsen and Marburg avenues, and Alamo Avenue and Ridge Road.
  • Replacing Barrow Avenue as the access point to Interstate 71 southbound with a new City street. Barrow Avenue will end in a cul-de-sac.
The Kennedy Connector is one of the transportation and infrastructure improvements identified as part of the Eastern Corridor project, a multi-modal transportation project to address travel demand between Downtown Cincinnati and western Clermont County.

Previous reading on BC:
Construction of 'key' Kennedy Connector begins (5/23/12)
Oakley Station residences win LEED tax exemption (4/9/12)
City to accept up to $12M for Kennedy Connector road project (3/28/11)
Cincinnati to apply for federal transportation grants (4/1/10)
Oakley open house shows Kennedy Connector preferred alternative (6/25/09)