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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #315 on: September 21, 2016, 03:11:50 PM »
^well that's pretty sexist

THIS is sexist:

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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #316 on: September 21, 2016, 08:38:31 PM »
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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #317 on: December 05, 2016, 11:36:35 AM »
Has ODOT published new estimates for when various portions of this project are expected to be finished?

Their website still says that most will be finished by Fall 2016, but it appears like there is still a lot of work left (though I could be over-estimating). Three of the four new MLK ramps are supposed to be done by Fall 2016. Only the southbound onramp is estimated to take until Summer 2017 to finish.

https://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D08/Pages/I-71-MLK-Interchange-Project-Info.aspx





Looks like the DOT updated their website (image filename remains the same, so the embedded image makes my previous post confusing - ), now saying that most of the ramps won't open until Spring 2017. Ramp B still says it was supposed to be completed in "November 2016" which didn't happen. So far, I haven't seen any media coverage about how this project is behind schedule.

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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #318 on: December 05, 2016, 01:18:48 PM »
^ It's quite typical. I've been monitoring the websites for the various I-75 construction projects and nearly every phase is over budget and behind schedule from original estimates. Yet the Enquirer would never write an article calling out ODOT.
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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #319 on: December 05, 2016, 01:27:30 PM »
Ramp E is finally taking shape.  Pretty much everything else was almost finished before they even started on it. 

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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #320 on: December 06, 2016, 05:48:05 PM »
Is it me or do  the ornamental pylons on the MLK bridge look like they are made out of legos.

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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #321 on: December 07, 2016, 08:43:06 AM »
Is it me or do  the ornamental pylons on the MLK bridge look like they are made out of legos.


they look like they should grace the entry to the Lawrenceburg Casino

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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #322 on: December 07, 2016, 11:05:05 AM »
When I first saw them I was reminded of the Forest Fair Mall.
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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #323 on: December 19, 2016, 01:39:58 AM »
It just go worse.  The weird casino-type pylons are now the towers for a faux cable-stayed bridge adornment.  You can't make this stuff up.  No matter where you go in the state you get the impression that ODOT is staffed by a small army of complete knuckleheads. 

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« Reply #324 on: December 19, 2016, 01:42:18 AM »
Also, the widening of the bridge has taken its final shape and it has the effect of making the whole thing look shorter and less massive than it is.  Like, if this thing had been built by the Romans, it would have been almost the biggest thing in the world.  And it would have looked way cooler. 

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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #325 on: January 16, 2017, 06:25:26 PM »
Another story on the development planned for the SE corner of Reading & MLK:
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/money/2017/01/16/reshaping-reading-mlk-corridor-starts-project/96632126/

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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #326 on: January 16, 2017, 07:07:06 PM »
Anyone notice the drains on the bridge that stick out about 5 feet from the curb and would easily flatten bike tires? 

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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #327 on: April 17, 2017, 11:17:33 AM »
According to ODOT, the new ramp from MLK to I-71 Northbound will open next Monday morning, April 24 at 9 a.m., and the ramp from McMillan to I-71 N will be closed at that time for construction.
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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #328 on: April 17, 2017, 11:44:59 AM »
The 2-way portion of McMillan is going to be extended from May St to 71, so that traffic going westbound on McMillan will be able to get onto I-71 N. The northbound ramp from McMillan is going to be widened, presumably so that it can accommodate two lanes of traffic that will merge prior to merging onto 71. 


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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #329 on: April 21, 2017, 01:10:11 AM »
I heard at a bar tonight that Neyer Properties just bought out a single family house holdout near this interchange for $900k. 

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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #330 on: April 21, 2017, 03:15:47 PM »
Interstate 71 interchange to open Monday after six-month delay

The opening of a highly anticipated new ramp to Interstate 71 takes place Monday morning.

The ramp from Martin Luther King Drive to northbound I-71 will open to traffic at 9 a.m. Monday. The following week, the ramp from McMillan Street to northbound I-71 will be closed at 9 a.m. on May 1 and remain closed through June 30. Traffic during that period will be detoured using the new MLK/I-71 ramp.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/04/21/interstate-71-interchange-to-open-monday-after-six.html
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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #331 on: May 02, 2017, 04:06:41 PM »
Large parcel (2.14 acres) at corner of Beecher/Stanton is up for sale/lease. It's not clear whether or not this parcel would have access via curbcuts on MLK or if the only access would be off of Beecher/Stanton, but based on the rendering, it seems to show an entrance to parking garage from Beecher. The parking garage would raise the building up to the elevation of MLK. I don't take the rendering to be a final design... but I'm afraid we're going to get a lot of suburban office park buildings. 

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/05/02/exclusive-2-acre-redevelopment-planned-near-mlk.html?ana=twt

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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #332 on: May 02, 2017, 04:40:02 PM »
Notice that Kulkarni Properties is behind this project. Shree Kulkarni was a big Cranley donor and sat on the Historic Conservation Board when they allowed the demolition of the Dennison Hotel. I wouldn't expect anything they build to be quality walkable urbanism.
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« Reply #333 on: May 02, 2017, 04:43:42 PM »
He did vote for demolition on the Historic Conservation Board, but the HCB as a whole voted 3-2 against demo. It was the Zoning Board of Appeals that reversed that decision and allowed demolition to begin.
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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #334 on: May 09, 2017, 05:41:51 PM »
Work has also began on repaving I-71 from the Norwood Lateral to the Lytle Tunnel.
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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #335 on: June 27, 2017, 03:51:12 PM »
This monstrosity is nearly finished.







It's so cute that Uptown Consortium thinks there is going to be "walkable development" built surrounding this new interchange and all of these widened arterials. While the new development might technically be "walkable" (built up to the street, retail on the first floor, etc.), no one with a car is going to choose to walk around this part of the city. Parts of MLK are now 9 lanes wide. There is going to be a constant roar from all the traffic speeding by, making it very uncomfortable to be a pedestrian on those streets. The road is also going to be extremely unsafe for bikes, although I think they designated the northern sidewalk as a bike path along most of MLK.
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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #336 on: June 27, 2017, 04:11:52 PM »
They would have been better off building a roundabout at Reading and MLK. It may not have helped much with walkability but it would have taken less space and looked better.
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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #337 on: June 28, 2017, 02:24:18 PM »
Do we know if ODOT is going to dismantle the old Fredonia Ave. and Conrail bridge pilings? They are hideous.

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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #338 on: June 28, 2017, 02:53:14 PM »
Do we know if ODOT is going to dismantle the old Fredonia Ave. and Conrail bridge pilings? They are hideous.

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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #339 on: July 07, 2017, 12:32:04 PM »
Advocates worry road project overlooks public transit needs

CINCINNATI -- After more than three years of work, Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive will finally have its facelift. But some are worried that the road's redesign didn't do enough to think about non-motorists.

"(The Ohio Department of Transportation's) name isn't 'Department of Highways,'" said Derek Bauman, public transit advocate, Over-the-Rhine resident, and candidate for City Council. "I'd like them to take all modes of transportation into account."

The Ohio Department of Transportation is spearheading the $80 million MLK/Interstate 71 interchange project, which began in 2014. The project -- which included two new interstate entrance ramps, road widening, new traffic signals and a new bridge -- is expected to wrap up by the end of summer 2017.

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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #340 on: July 07, 2017, 06:02:59 PM »
It's not technically part of the Uptown Access Project, but here's a view of the construction on I-71 just north of the Lytle Tunnel:

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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #341 on: July 08, 2017, 12:48:45 AM »
Any excuse to use that drone!
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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #342 on: July 12, 2017, 09:34:02 PM »
I heard tonight on the radio that I-71 S to MLK ramp is opening tomorrow morning at 9am (7/13).

Last week the McMillan to 71N ramp reopened, but they have not completed the 2-way extension of McMillan westbound to that point.  This past Sunday there was a large cue of cars leaving the FC Cincinnati game at both the new ramp and the recently reopened ramp.  Traffic was bumper-to-bumper all the way to Jefferson/Vine on MLK, despite having a second 71N ramp to diffuse traffic. 

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« Reply #343 on: July 12, 2017, 10:53:31 PM »
Why have we not heard anything about the final costs of this project?

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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #344 on: July 13, 2017, 08:02:36 AM »
I heard tonight on the radio that I-71 S to MLK ramp is opening tomorrow morning at 9am (7/13).

Also, the ramp from I-71 S to Taft is temporarily closed for the next 10 days.
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« Reply #345 on: July 13, 2017, 10:36:39 AM »
I heard tonight on the radio that I-71 S to MLK ramp is opening tomorrow morning at 9am (7/13).

Last week the McMillan to 71N ramp reopened, but they have not completed the 2-way extension of McMillan westbound to that point.  This past Sunday there was a large cue of cars leaving the FC Cincinnati game at both the new ramp and the recently reopened ramp.  Traffic was bumper-to-bumper all the way to Jefferson/Vine on MLK, despite having a second 71N ramp to diffuse traffic. 

The signal to make a left turn from MLK onto the 71N ramp takes a very long time, and the series of signals on MLK to the west of 71 aren't coordinated very well. I imagine it's just a temporary setup still until the project is completed, but it seems the signals themselves are causing much of the backup.

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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #346 on: July 13, 2017, 10:51:33 AM »
Agreed...Currently getting from Jefferson to 71 using MLK is awful, the light cycles are very long for the cross streets so MLK backs up and gridlocks. And the arrows to get onto 71N are poorly executed as well. Hopefully this is fixed, as right now this huge investment is providing little value.

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« Reply #347 on: July 13, 2017, 03:34:32 PM »
ODOT just sent out an email saying that the two way conversion of McMillan (allowing westbound McMillan to northbound 71) will happen next week on July 21:

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On Friday, July 21, McMillan Street will be converted to a two-way street from May Street to the northbound I-71 on ramp.

This extension will allow westbound McMillan Street motorists to access northbound I-71.

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« Reply #348 on: July 13, 2017, 03:47:57 PM »
ODOT just sent out an email saying that the two way conversion of McMillan (allowing westbound McMillan to northbound 71) will happen next week on July 21:

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On Friday, July 21, McMillan Street will be converted to a two-way street from May Street to the northbound I-71 on ramp.

This extension will allow westbound McMillan Street motorists to access northbound I-71.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/OHDOT/bulletins/1a9c953

Good. Should be 2 way all the way to Vine

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Re: Cincinnati: New I-71 Interchange at MLK (Uptown Access Project)
« Reply #349 on: July 13, 2017, 05:28:49 PM »
^Agreed!

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