MASON, OH (FOX19) - A Public Involvement Meeting will be held today, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, to discuss the planned improvements for the Western Row Road Interchange at Interstate 71.
At this meeting, members of the general public, as well as area business and property owners will have the opportunity to learn more about how project partners are working aggressively to improve access to business and recreational destinations in the area, improve safety and reduce congestion.
The meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Community Room at the Mason Municipal Center, 6000 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040. It will be organized in an open house format, so the public is welcome to attend any time during the time frame. A brief presentation will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by an opportunity for the public to provide feedback on the information they receive at the meeting.
"The transportation improvements planned for the interchange at I-71 and Western Row Road and the surrounding area will improve access to businesses, residents and recreational destinations in the area, improve safety and reduce congestion," said Neil Tunison, Warren County Engineer.
Tunison also noted that the improvements being made at Western Row are part of a coordinated regional effort that includes infrastructure improvements in the Fields-Ertel and Mason-Montgomery Road interchange area, as well as State Route 741. These integrated improvements are expected to significantly relieve congestion for motorists who travel along I-71 in the northern Hamilton and Warren County area.
"Western Row is a key access point to the I-71 Mason corridor, and critical to regional economic development and job creation" said City of Mason Mayor David Nichols. "This project will allow us to better attract and keep company investment by reinvesting public dollars into safe roadways that better support the flow of traffic in the area and enhance the quality of life in the City and Warren County."
The changes under consideration that will be presented to the public at the July 23 meeting include the construction of a new northbound on ramp and a new southbound off ramp – improvements that will complete the existing partial interchange by providing full on-and-off access at both the north and southbound access points to I-71 at Western Row. Planned projects also include the relocation of the Columbia Road and Western Row Road intersection, as well as other local area improvements designed to improve safety and accessibility, and reduce congestion.
Western Row Interchange Improvements are being managed by the Warren County Transportation Improvement District, with support from a partnership between the City of Mason, Deerfield Township, the Warren County Engineer's Office and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
For more information on the Public Involvement Meeting, or for additional information on the interchange improvement project, please visit www.WCEO.us.