Hamilton County (Wednesday, February 17, 2021) - The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is hosting a Virtual Open House about planned transportation improvements within the village of Newtown, and the open house is accessible online at www.EasternCorridor.org now through March 22, 2021.
Improvements under consideration include modifications to the S.R. 32/Round Bottom Road and the S.R. 32/Little Dry Run intersections, the addition of a second, eastbound lane on S.R. 32 between Round Bottom and Little Dry Run roads, and the addition of a center-turn lane on S.R. 32 east of Little Dry Run Road to make turning easier and safer and reduce congestion in the area. Also included are several shared-use path options that would provide safe travel alternatives for walkers, runners, and bicyclists and provide an improved connection toward the Little Miami Trail.
“We’ve worked in close coordination with the village of Newtown to identify solutions to address delays and safety concerns when traveling through the area,” said Tom Arnold, District Planning Engineer for ODOT District 8. “Currently, we’re wrapping up a feasibility study for several high-priority improvements projects identified through this effort. Our goal for the open house is to share more details about the concepts and give the community a chance to weigh in before additional decisions are made.”
Due to current public-gathering restrictions, the open house is being held online. The month-long event is organized as a self-guided tour through exhibits highlighting the proposed improvements. Participants can access the meeting at their convenience by visiting www.EasternCorridor.com and clicking on the link provided. Feedback is encouraged and can be submitted through an online comment form posted on the site.
Questions and comments may also be directed by email, mail, or phone to:
Tom Arnold, P.E.
ODOT District 8
505 South State Route 741
Lebanon, OH 45036
Tom.Arnold@dot.ohio.gov; (513) 933-6588
Comments must be submitted by March 22, 2021, to be included in the public input summary report documentation. Individuals needing interpretation or translation services or other reasonable accommodations to participate in the open house, review project materials, or provide comment should contact Kathleen Fuller at (513) 932-3030. Public participation is encouraged without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.
The transportation improvements being proposed within Newtown are elements of the Eastern Corridor Program, which is a series of integrated transportation projects designed to make travel easier and safer between Greater Cincinnati’s urban core and the communities in eastern Hamilton County and western Clermont County.
ODOT has worked in close coordination with community representatives, planners, and interest groups throughout the central Eastern Corridor area to identify and prioritize transportation needs and proposed solutions. The resulting recommendations were vetted during community meetings held in October 2018 and subsequently documented in ODOT’s 2019 Conceptual Alternatives Implementation Plan for Eastern Corridor Segments II and III. More information is available at www.EasternCorridor.org.