Citizens For A Better Norwood

Friday, January 07, 2011

Norwood Lateral may be renamed I-74 as part of road project

The Business Courier is reporting that the Ohio Department of Transportation published its 2011-2015 Major New Construction Program List on December 9. The list included 6 funding allocations totaling more than $809 million of expressway work that will set the stage for the long-envisioned extension of Interstate 74 through Cincinnati. The details are many, and we aren’t going to attempt to explain them here; but it’s all part of a very controversial passenger rail plan called the Eastern Corridor Project that would ultimately result in the Norwood Lateral being renamed I-74. Here’s an excerpt, though, that pertains to Norwood:

The possible designation of the Norwood Lateral as an interstate would make its reconstruction a priority, and reconfiguration of its ramps could make possible the redevelopment of vacant land in Norwood and Bond Hill. Reconstruction of the I-71/Norwood Lateral interchange could accelerate the redevelopment of the Cincinnati Milacron site.

h/t A.M.