Project Purpose and Goals
The major goals of the project, as identified in the previous study, are:
reduce travel times;
simplify wayfinding; and
promote economic vitality within the Uptown area and neighboring communities.
In addition, the project will improve safety as a result of updating the design to modern standards, reducing conflicting traffic on I-71, and reducing congestion on the adjacent surface streets. The project will coordinate with local plans regarding rail, public transit, community development and environmental restoration.
The study area for the current effort considers I-71 from Liberty Street on the south to the Dana Avenue Interchange on the north. Data is being collected from US-42 (Reading Road) on the west to US-22/SR-3 (Gilbert Avenue) on the east. (The potential physical impact areas of any improvements would be much smaller than this study area.)
The study area includes the Cincinnati neighborhoods of Avondale, Evanston, Mt. Auburn, and Walnut Hills. Adjacent neighborhoods include Clifton, Corryville, East Walnut Hills, CUF, and North Avondale.
Two-Way Taft/McMillan Study
In October 2012, Taft Road and McMillan Street were converted from one-way to two-way traffic. This change took place from May Street, just east of I-71, to Victory Parkway. McMillan Street is still one-way eastbound to the west of May Street and Taft Road is still one-way westbound to the west of May Street. It is proposed that McMillan Street will be converted to two-way traffic between May Street and the I-71 NB entrance ramp as part of this project.
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