Thursday, July 2, 2009

Cincinnati makes decisions on Waldvogel, Hamilton

Cincinnati City Council has approved an ordinance allowing the City to enter into a local public agency (LPA) agreement with the --> --> --> (ODOT) for the $6 million Waldvogel Viaduct railroad relocation project, which will move the four railroad tracks located 100 feet to the south.

The agreement serves as a promise that the City will follow ODOT guidelines in completing the relocation, and is a prerequisite for the City receiving over $5 million in federal funding through the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI).

Last month, council approved the appropriation of 6.11 acres of property for the project.

The relocation will make way replacement of the viaduct, consisting of five new bridges and an at-grade roadway for US-50 and the realignment of River Road to current design standards.

Construction on the roadway is scheduled to begin in spring 2011 and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012.

The entire project is estimated to cost $64 million, and more than $50 million in state and federal funding already has been secured.

So far, $50 million in state and federal funding has been secured for the project.

Hamilton Avenue improvements

In other business, council passed unanimously an ordinance to appropriate 1.2 acres of property for the Hamilton Avenue Improvement Project in College Hill and Northside.

A resolution announcing the City's intent to appropriate the property was passed by council in March.

The project, which is already under construction, will widen the road by two feet, provide left-turn lanes at signalized intersections, add street lights, traffic signals, signage, and new curbs and sidewalks.

Work is being funded with $4.6 million in OKI and Ohio Public Works Commission money.

Previous reading on BC:
Cincinnati passes ordinance for Waldvogel relocations (6/15/09)
Cincinnati approves Waldvogel appropriations (5/14/09)
Waldvogel appropriations passed by committee (5/6/09)
Cincinnati to appropriate four parcels for Hamilton Avenue project (3/19/09)
Cincinnati announces intent to appropriate property for Hamilton Avenue widening (2/19/09)


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