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MARIEMONT, OH (FOX19) -
Officials with the Ohio Department
of Transportation (ODOT) traveled to Mariemont on Tuesday. Their visit was to hear public comments about a proposal that will take the Eastern Corridor project through the Village of Mariemont.
Eastern Corridor is a $1.4 billion proposed roadway, designed to
ease traffic congestion, improve air quality, and, according to officials,
provide a better way for people to get from the east side to downtown
until about a year ago, the new highway was going to run south of the Little Miami
River and across the Ohio River at Horseshoe Bend, near Fairfax.
months ago, ODOT officials changed their mind and now may have the road running
through a popular 80-acre park in Mariemont.
"It's the South 80 Gardens
and Trails Park," said Mariemont mayor, Dan Policastro. "[Losing the park] would be just devastating to the Village of Mariemont."
ODOT officials say the Eastern
Corridor will benefit residents living in areas like Mount Washington, Anderson
Township and the Eastgate area, who cannot access I-71 from State Route 32.
"We're hoping that through our planning study, that we hope to have
complete in a year from now, we'll be able to come up with something that the
community can be proud of," said ODOT Planning and Engineering
Administrator, Joe Vogel.
Mariemont officials say a highway
that cuts through their area will disrupt their way of life.
"We just hope
ODOT changes their mind, and they do the right thing," said Policastro.