Kennedy Connector opens in Oakley

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Kennedy Connector project is expected to open to Tri-State drivers on Monday.

The project will help ease traffic in Oakley and Pleasant Ridge by extending Kennedy Avenue to Duck Creek and Madison roads in order to help improve traffic flow and safety.

Drivers will also have access to southbound I-71 and the Norwood Lateral.

The street name 'Mill Ridge' was selected by voters on the Kennedy Connector Facebook page.

The name was submitted by Brian Powers, Pleasant Ridge resident and reference librarian in the Genealogy and Local History Department at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

"Mill gives the name a sense of history while 'Ridge' gives it a sense of location," said Powers.

Mill Ridge commemorates the former Cincinnati Milacron facilities that existed at the road site and Madison Road. Workers often called the factory "The Mill" as a nickname.

City officials said Monday, Dec. 30 meets the project's initial target date of opening and will also be completed under budget. Minor work is expected to continue throughout the area after Dec. 30, however it will not have a major impact on traffic.

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