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City leaders unveil Oakley street barricades

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Cincinnati city leaders unveiled street barricades in Oakley during a press conference on Monday morning. The temporary blockades were put in place over the weekend.

"[It's] he best thing that could happen to the street," Resident Bill Kruspe argued. "It quiets the traffic down to only the people that live on the street."

Kruspe has lived on Arbor Avenue for over two decades.

"Fifteen or twenty years ago when there wasn't anything across the street and there was actually a residential neighborhood across the street this was never really an issue for the most part," he explained.

Now, he argues that with the Rookwood Exchange going in across from Rookwood Commons, traffic is only expected to rise.

"The people living in Oakley thought the best and only way to rectify the situation is by cutting off the streets completely," he said.

"I think that the people that live right where the problem are in the best position to come up with the solutions," councilwoman Laure Quinlivan argued.

Not everyone living in the area is happy about the change, however.

"It's just nice to come out front here in the morning when I'm going to work, turning right and hopping on the highway real quick," Ryan Lantz argued. "It's not a huge inconvenience but it's a little annoying."

Lantz says he never saw through traffic as a problem in the neighborhood.

"I'd like for it to not be permanent. Maybe a year down the road when all of this stuff opens up and we see how the traffic's flowing then," he said.

Council member Laure Quinlivan says Oakley citizens began planning for solutions to anticipated traffic and safety problems from the new Rookwood construction in the summer of 2011.  She says after more than a year of meetings and back and forth with Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering staff, DOTE informed citizens they could not recommend all their proposed solutions.

Last month City Council overruled the DOTE objections and implemented the citizens' plan for traffic calming. 

"Oakley citizens did the proper research and got unanimous community support for what their plans to save their neighborhood," says Quinlivan.  "Of course we should support them." 

The City‘s Department of Transportation and Engineering will mail a postcard to everyone in the affected Oakley area seeking approval for the citizen traffic calming plan and barricades that have been erected.

The department's director tells FOX19 there must be 75% support before the blockades can be traded out for a permanent solution.

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