MLK interchange http://wvxu.org en Ohio enters largest-ever road construction season http://wvxu.org/post/ohio-enters-largest-ever-road-construction-season <p>You know spring has really arrived when orange barrel season officially gets underway.&nbsp; Ohio and local transportation officials got it rolling Thursday with a news conference at the corner of Fields-Ertel and Mason-Montgomery, a congested intersection next to I-71 that is slated for a loop ramp to make it easier and safer for drivers to navigate.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:44:47 +0000 Mark Heyne 25330 at http://wvxu.org Ohio enters largest-ever road construction season MLK interchange at 71 remains on fast track http://wvxu.org/post/mlk-interchange-71-remains-fast-track <p>State officials are expected to award a contract to build the new interchange on I-71 at Martin Luther King Drive in April, and construction could begin in July. &nbsp;<br /><br />Ohio Department of Transportation officials updated a city council committee Tuesday on the $118 million project.&nbsp; Assistant Project Manager John Otis said when the work begins contractors will not have a complete set of plans.<br /> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 20:38:06 +0000 Jay Hanselman 21563 at http://wvxu.org MLK interchange at 71 remains on fast track MLK interchange at 71 takes step forward http://wvxu.org/post/mlk-interchange-71-takes-step-forward <p>Cincinnati Council will likely vote Wednesday to sell bonds to pay for the city's portion of building a new interchange on I-71 at Martin Luther King Drive.&nbsp; The plan has been in the works for several years. &nbsp;<br /><br />“We’re not just building a road because we need a road there,” Council Member Yvette Simpson said.&nbsp; “We anticipate lots of development along the corridor.”<br /><br />The MLK interchange is designed to provide easier access to the Uptown area and places like the University of Cincinnati and several major hospitals.<br /> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 19:27:08 +0000 Jay Hanselman 20846 at http://wvxu.org MLK interchange at 71 takes step forward Deal nearly set to fund MLK/71 interchange project http://wvxu.org/post/deal-nearly-set-fund-mlk71-interchange-project <p><strong>&nbsp;UPDATE:</strong>&nbsp; <em>The OKI board unanimously approved the funding plan at its meeting Thursday morning.</em></p><p>The <a href="http://www.oki.org/" target="_blank">OKI Regional Council of Governments</a> board will vote Thursday on a first-of-its kind financing plan to rebuild the Interstate 71/Martin Luther King interchange.</p><p>OKI Director Mark Policinski says the plan calls for a loan from the <a href="http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Finance/Pages/StateInfrastructureBank.aspx" target="_blank">state infrastructure bank</a>.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:07:00 +0000 Tana Weingartner 19638 at http://wvxu.org Deal nearly set to fund MLK/71 interchange project City and Consortium planning for new MLK interchange http://wvxu.org/post/city-and-consortium-planning-new-mlk-interchange <p>Governor Kasich's transportation funding plan released this week would give a boost to a project to build a new interchange at Martin Luther King Junior Drive and I-71 in Cincinnati's Uptown.&nbsp; The plan calls for starting construction next year on the $107 million project.&nbsp;</p><p>Local officials have already been making their own plans for the interchange and the second of two planning studies is being held tonight.&nbsp; Uptown Consortium CEO Beth Robinson says the project is expected to radically change the face of Uptown and increase traffic on MLK.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Mark Heyne 15313 at http://wvxu.org City and Consortium planning for new MLK interchange