HARTWELL, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio Department of Transportation's attempt to replace the exit ramp at Cooper Road, which no longer fits the state's standard, isn't going over well with residents.
The ramps could generate development in Lockland, but residents are concerned it would bring crime and traffic into neighboring communities of Hartwell and Wyoming.
"This is going to increase traffic on that street devalue my property values. And basically I think increase crime and all sort of undesirable things that I don't want in my neighborhood," said resident Ryan Nelson.
Residents also say it simply too close for comfort as they children play in a neighborhood that's already busy with traffic.
"There are dogs and kids everywhere it's a residential neighborhood. The last thing we need is more traffic," said resident Simon Gr ant.
The project is part of one that began in May of 2004 to widen and reconstruct I-75 from Paddock Road on the south to I-275 on the
This $70 to $80 million phase of the state's "Thru the Valley" project involves adding a fourth lane to southbound I-75 from Shepherd Road entrance ramp to Galbraith Road and constructing a system to provide ramps to and from Anthony Wayne Avenue and Galbraith Road.
Design is ongoing with right-of-way acquisition slated to begin at the end of 2016.
Construction funding has not yet been committed, but it is listed on ODOT's major new program.
The system would also generate development in Lockland, which some don't oppose. They just don't want it to interfere in their neighborhoods.
"The ramp should be further up in Lockland. Keep the traffic out of Hartwell. There's are of vacant properties right there next to the interstate," said gr ant.
For more information about the Thru the Valley Project visit: http://www.thruthevalley.com or contact ODOT at 513-933-6517.