Hearing to be held on Red Bank Corridor segment

MADISONVILLE, OH (FOX19) - City Council's Livable Communities Committee, chaired by Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls, is holding a public hearing Wednesday night on plans for the Red Bank Corridor segment of the Eastern Corridor Project.

The Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT) will outline its current plans for grade-separated interchanges and 45 mile per hour speeds along the corridor, which runs through the heart of Madisonville.

Representatives of the Madisonville Community Council, Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation, and Cincinnati Public Schools will present the community's alternative vision for a new plan that creates a landscaped roadway and recreational corridor from I-71 to Lunken Airport.

The committee will then hear public comment.

The Madisonville Community Council passed a resolution in June opposing ODOT's current plans, because they "follow a 1960s/1970s-styles suburban high-speed highway model that is completely inappropriate for the needs of a commercial corridor that has attracted hundreds of high-quality jobs in recent years." 

Qualls introduced a motion, co-sponsored by council members Chris Bortz, Laure Quinlivan, Cecil Thomas, Charlie Winburn and Wendell Young, directing the city's Department of Transportation and Engineering to work with the community to develop an alternative plan.

Another motion would rename Red Bank Expressway to Dunbar Parkway, which acknowledges the historic Dunbar community and its descendants who live in present-day Madisonville.

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