Public hearing scheduled for I-75 project

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A public hearing for the proposed reconstruction of Interstate 75 from the Western Hills Viaduct to the Paddock Road interchanges is slated for Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the St. Bernard Municipal Building, 120 Washington Ave. in St. Bernard.

The proposed scope of the project includes adding one additional through lane in each direction on I-75 from the Western Hills Viaduct to north of the Paddock Road interchange.  The project length is approximately eight miles.  It also includes improvements to the interchanges on I-75 at Hopple Street, I-74, Mitchell Avenue, Norwood Lateral (SR 562), and Paddock Road.  The partial interchange at Towne Street is removed by the project.  The Colerain/ Beekman interchange on I-74, just west of the I-74/I-75 interchange, is improved as a part of this action.

The hearing will be conducted in an "open house" style and no formal presentations will be made.  The public may visit at any time to view the project materials and ask questions.  

The purpose of the hearing is to inform the public about the project, and encourage the public to comment and ask questions. Maps, drawings, and other pertinent information, including the Environmental Assessment and previous project documents, will be available for public inspection.

During the hearing the public will be able to discuss the project in an informal matter with ODOT officials along with representatives from TranSystems Corp., who conducted the study. Comments will be received either written or verbally (by a recorder), and will become part of the official public hearing record. The comments will be considered when making future project related decisions.

General project questions can be addressed by Stefan Spinosa, ODOT's Project Manager, at (800)  831-2142.  Comments can be mailed, prior to the close of the public comment period on Feb. 26, 2009, to Ohio Department of Transportation, Keith Smith, Acting District 8 Planning and Environmental Engineer, 505 South State Route 741, Lebanon, Ohio 45036.