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When will the project begin?

The project will be implemented in phases.  The first construction section on I-75 began in April 2010. See home page for details. 

How can I provide more input?

You can submit questions, comments or concerns to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) or TranSystems at any time throughout the project.  See Contact Information. 

When is the next public meeting?

The last public meeting was held on February 10, 2009 to present the preferred alternative. No further public meetings are scheduled.

Why is light rail or other means of mass transit not incorporated into this project?

The North South Transportation Initiative (NSTI) study, completed by OKI and MVRPC in 2000, recommended further studies of highway and transit improvements along the I-75 corridor.  The Mill Creek Expressway study received funding that was specifically identified for highway projects, and therefore must be used for this purpose.  Any transit-oriented project, including light rail, would be a separate project.  All of the alternatives being considered for the I-75 Mill Creek Expressway project preserve the existing transit corridor so that future transit options remain viable possibilities. 

How many properties will you take?

The project is estimated to require residential relocations of 22 buildings consisting of 67 households. Commercial relocations are anticipated to 15 properties.

When will property owners be contacted if their property is needed for this project?

The right-of-way acquisition process for the first construction phase of the Mill Creek Expressway Project has begun. The process begins with an introductory letter from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).  After a title report and appraisal is completed, a staff realty specialist or contracted representative of ODOT will contact you to set up an appointment.  During the appointment this person will review the project and provide copies of the project plans, the appraisal, and ODOTís offer for your property.   

How is fair market value for residential property determined?

Full fair market value is the amount a willing buyer would pay a willing seller for the property on the open market, with neither the buyer nor the seller acting under duress.  What this means is ODOT will pay you the value you would expect to receive if you were to put your property up for sale on the open market.  In most instances the value is computed by determining what similar properties in your neighborhood have been selling for over the past couple of years.  

If ODOT buys my home, how much will they pay toward relocation and moving expenses?

Relocation benefits are available to assist in your moving or relocating to another property.  They can apply to home or business acquisitions.  The amount is calculated based on a number of factors.  A staff realty specialist or contracted representative of ODOT will give you a detailed explanation of all of your eligible relocation benefits.  

Where does the money come from for the project?
 

Funding for the project is obtained through the State and Federal Motor Fuel Taxes.  These funds are then allocated through the Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) and ODOT's Bridge and Pavement Funds.  The TRAC consists of nine members and has the authority to select new construction projects, to modify the selection process and to hear appeals from the public concerning Major/New projects and the project selection process.  To learn more about the TRAC visit: www.dot.state.oh.us/trac/

 

Is the Brent Spence Bridge bottleneck going to be improved?
 

The Brent Spence Bridge project is currently underway and is evaluating numerous alternatives to alleviate safety and congestion issues.  The Brent Spence Bridge project stretches from the Kyleís Lane interchange in Northern Kentucky to the Western Hills Viaduct interchange just north of downtown Cincinnati.  This section of I-75 is currently four-lanes in each direction.  It is anticipated that one additional through lane will be constructed.  The key issue in this section will be gaining capacity and safety improvements through reconfigurations of access and auxiliary lanes.  Further information about the project can be obtain at: www.brentspencebridgecorridor.com

 

Why is the Towne Street interchange proposed to be closed? 

 

The closure of the partial interchange at Towne Street was recommended by the North South Transportation Initiative (NSTI) study completed by OKI and MVRPC in 2000.  The NSTI final report stated that when plans for addressing the capacity of I-75 commence, the interchanges at the Norwood Lateral, Towne Street and Paddock Road should be evaluated further.  It was a conclusion that due to the expansion of the interstate, it would be necessary to close the Towne Street ramps.

 

The Mill Creek Expressway project is proposing the Towne interchange be closed due to the short distance between the Towne and Norwood Lateral ramps.  The need to provide for a two lane ramp from westbound SR 562 (Norwood Lateral) to I-75 northbound causes the need to eliminate these ramps.  ODOT does not wish to perpetuate this problem due to the congestion and safety problems all along I-75, not due to accidents on the ramps.  Alternative routes of travel, if the ramps are eliminated include the Paddock/I-75 interchange to Towne Street or the Norwood Lateral/I-75 interchange to Paddock/Norwood Lateral interchange to Towne Street.  Either of these routes adds little travel time and distance.   

What noise reduction measures will be used and how are they determined?

Given the limited amount of available right-of-way in the project area, noise abatement, where warranted, will best be achieved though the use of noise walls.  These walls are generally constructed of concrete and textured and colored with patterns and stains approved by the majority of benefited property owners.  Walls are an average of 10 to 16 feet high with a maximum of 20 feet and will usually yield a 5 to 10 decibel decrease in sound.   

The two relevant criteria that are considered when evaluating noise abatement measures are feasibility and reasonableness.  Feasibility deals primarily with engineering considerations (i.e. can a substantial noise reduction be achieved given the conditions of a specific location).  A proposed noise barrier which cannot achieve a minimum of 5 decibels of reduction is generally not considered feasible.  Reasonableness is a more subjective criterion and is based on a number of factors.  Those include; the amount of noise reduction provided by a noise barrier wall, number of dwelling units benefited by a noise barrier wall, cost of a noise barrier wall per benefited receiver, and views of benefited residents regarding desirability of a noise barrier wall.  The current ODOT policy along with some additional noise related information is available at: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/TransSysDev/Environment/NEPA_policy_issues/NOISE/Pages/default.aspx

Is this project being coordinated with other major projects (Brent Spence Bridge, Thru the Valley, Western Hamilton County, Uptown Study, Mill Creek Watershed)?

Representatives from several agencies, including ODOT, OKI, City of Cincinnati, Mill Creek Valley Conservancy District and Mill Creek Watershed Council regularly attend Implementation Committee meetings to ensure coordination of the Mill Creek Expressway with other projects in the area.  Additional planned projects for the area can be found on OKIís Web site at: www.oki.org/transportation


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