Thursday, June 25, 2009

Oakley open house shows Kennedy Connector preferred alternative

The City of Cincinnati and M-E Companies presented to the Oakley community the preferred alternative for the Kennedy Connector project at a public open house and comment session at the Crossroads Community Church on Tuesday evening.

The new roadway, to be called Kennedy Avenue and connecting , is one of dozens of individual projects included in Tier 2 of the Eastern Corridor project.

According to project materials displayed by M-E Companies, the project is necessary to address the "capacity, geometry, and connectivity of the local road network".

Studies have found that peak hourly traffic volumes on Ridge Avenue and Duck Creek Road exceed the reasonable capacity of the roadways, and future development in the area is expected to cause even more congestion.

Additionally, the geometry of ramps and misaligned intersections have been found to be confusing to drivers and affect the ease of access into many of the area's new developments.

The road network, which was built to support a manufacturing and industrial base, contains too many culs-de-sac and lacks sufficient north-south capacity, and was not built to handle heavy commercial development.

These heavy traffic volumes have been cited as the cause of the majority of accidents at the intersection of Highland and Ridge avenues, one of the top five accident-prone intersections in Hamilton County.

The preferred alternative for the Kennedy Connector shows two new bridges at Duck Creek Road and the Indiana and Ohio Railway, new sidewalks, tree lawns, and retaining walls.

Ibsen Avenue will be realigned between Marburg Avenue and the new Ibsen Avenue/Kennedy Avenue intersection, two roadway connections to the I-71 southbound and OH-562 (Norwood Lateral) will be made, and a new entrance from Ridge Avenue to a Barrow Avenue cul-de-sac.

Intersections will be realigned at Kennedy and Duck Creek; Kennedy, Madison and Camberwell; Ibsen and Ridge; Ibsen and Marburg; and Alamo and Ridge.

No updated cost estimates were given Tuesday night, but 2008 estimates put the project cost at $19.3 million.


Conor said...

I think you mean that the connection will be with I-71 South. Otherwise, a welcome article. Traffic on Ridge is horrible.

Sherman Cahal said...

This is a much needed change. Why is Ibsen Avenue being realigned when the current alignment is in decent condition?

dan said...

Was I interpreting correctly that Kennedy Avenue will now have a bridge over Duck Creek road (i.e. the 2 roads will not intersect)?

dan said...

To answer my own question, although the article says Duck Creek road, looking at the picture it seems to indicate that the bridge is over the actual Duck Creek, which makes a lot more sense

Kevin LeMaster said...

Conor...Thanks for that catch. It is indeed I-71 SB.

Dan...Should have been more clear. The bridge is over the creek, just south of the intersection w/Duck Creek Road.

Kevin LeMaster said...

Sherman...I don't know the specific geometry behind it, but it looks like Ibsen is being realigned to create intersections that are better aligned. That is something I have not asked the designers.

Les Dudiss said...

I didn't see any mention of the I-71N exit ramp to westbound Ridge Avenue. I think it would reduce some of the congestion on Ridge if that exit was relocated next to the entrance ramp to I-71N at Kennedy Avenue, instead of looping around to the Ridge bridge.

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