Monday, July 8, 2013

Madisonville to vote on Red Bank alternatives July 18

The Madisonville Community Council (MCC) will vote on proposed design alternatives for Red Bank Expressway at its meeting on July 18.

The alternatives are part of the Eastern Corridor project, a multi-modal transportation project to better connect eastern Hamilton County and western Clermont County to Downtown Cincinnati and to I-71.

Part of the project includes planning for Red Bank, which is expected to see increased commuter traffic from a planned State Route 32 (S.R. 32) relocation and expansion that would connect to Red Bank near its intersection with Columbia Parkway.

Specific intersections that could see changes include Madison Road, Duck Creek Road, Hetzel Street, Corsica Place, and Erie Avenue/Brotherton Road. Red Bank could be expanded to as many as ten lanes wide, and traffic flow could be regulated through the use of traffic signalization, overpasses and exit ramps, bypass tunnels, and roundabouts.

One option, a "no build" option, would keep S.R. 32 as-is and would not require significant changes.

The alternatives were shown by the Ohio Department of Transportation at a May 21 meeting at the Madisonville Recreation Center. Several alternatives for the intersection of Madison Road and Red Bank were commissioned by the MCC and prepared by American Structurepoint.

In 2011, the MCC passed a resolution stating that it took no position on the overall Eastern Corridor project, but that its goal for Red Bank would be for it to be built more like a parkway, with lower speed limits and landscaping that would make it inviting for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. The City later passed a resolution supporting that outcome.

A few months ago, the community council passed a resolution asking the City to change the name of the roadway to "Red Bank Boulevard".

The meeting and vote will take place at 7 P.M. at the Madisonville Recreation Center, located at 5320 Stewart Road.

Previous reading on BC:
Portune: Make passenger rail a reality by 2015 All-Star Game (3/1/13)
Historic preservation review beginning for SR 32 relocation (2/4/13)
TRAC accepts 2014-2017 draft for road projects, accepting public comment (12/21/12)
Open houses for East Side commuter rail study begin tonight (4/5/11)
Streetcar tentatively awarded $15M, other projects recommended (3/22/10)