On Aug. 6, 2015, ODOT held a public information meeting to update the public on the current status and recommendations for next steps of the SR 32 project, also know as Segment II/III of the Eastern Corridor Program, and gather input from the community. Copies of materials shared at the meeting are available for review on the SR 32 Relocation Public Involvement page.
The relocation of SR 32 was proposed as part of the Eastern Corridor’s program of multi-modal projects to improve mobility and connectivity between downtown Cincinnati and communities extending east through Hamilton County and into western Clermont County. Originally, the project involved:
- Shifting the western end of the existing SR 32 from where it current ends at SR 125 (Beechmont Avenue) to a new, direct connection with US 50 (Columbia Parkway), the Red Bank business corridor and I-71;
- Reshaping SR 32 into a controlled access, four-lane, boulevard-style roadway;
- Constructing a new bridge across the Little Miami River that could support multiple transportation modes (car/truck, rail transit, bike, pedestrian).
The proposed project combined two segments of the Eastern Corridor Program of projects: Segment II which extends between the US 50/Red Bank interchange to the Newtown area; and Segment III which extends between the Newtown area and the I-275/SR 32 interchange.
Project Development and Status
The SR 32 Relocation project was recommended for further evaluation in 2006, based on the results of a comprehensive series of studies and feedback received through an extensive public involvement process.
Between 2010 and 2014, the Ohio Department Transportation (ODOT) conducted additional in-depth studies to better define the proposed SR 32 Relocation project, identify possible alignments for the new roadway and determine the environmental and cultural impacts of the project. These efforts also included public involvement opportunities to engage the community in the development of the project.
As the results of these efforts have been compiled and reviewed, ODOT has determined that significant concerns exist with relocating SR 32 on new alignment through the Little Miami River Valley, including permitting challenges, potential impacts on archaeological resources and the need for tribal concurrence, design and construction challenges, hazardous materials liabilities, anticipated high construction costs and conflicting interests in the project.
In consideration of the above concerns, ODOT has concluded that a new roadway alignment through the Little Miami River Valley is not a reasonable solution at this time due to the potential for significant environmental impacts and higher costs. Therefore, ODOT proposes to no longer pursue relocating SR 32 through the river valley at this time.
However, congestion, delay and travel safety issues still exist through this portion of the Eastern Corridor and transportation improvements are needed to address regional network inadequacies and poor linkage to important economic, recreational and employment centers. As such, planners recommend taking a deeper look at the existing roadway network in the area to identify lower impact access and connectivity improvements. These may include:
- Adding turn lanes
- Interchange improvements
- Widening to enhance capacity
- Minor realignments
- Improving signal timing and/or coordination
- Installing new signal(s)
- And other such improvements
More information is available in following documents:
- Fact Sheet – SR 32 Relocation (Segment II/III) Status Update, August 6, 2015
- Eastern Corridor Program SR 32 Relocation (Segment II/III) Status Update and Recommendations for Further Project Development
ODOT is currently gathering public feedback regarding these recommendations and will consider input received before finalizing its decision on how to move forward. The public comment period is open until Friday, August 21. Be sure to participate in this process by completing this Comment Form.
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