Mason doing $20M road work
741 widening is under way

BY KEVIN ALDRIDGE
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MASON — One road project here is nearly complete, while five others are in developmental stages.

The six, throughout the city, together will cost almost $20 million — most of it from the state.

City Manager Scot Lahrmer said working on so many projects at once is indicative of rapid growth in Warren County's largest city.

“It's necessary for us to put infrastructure in place far in advance of development or shortly thereafter,” Mr. Lahrmer said. “In fact, much of the development we've seen has helped to pay for some of these improvements.”

Of the six projects, the Ohio 741 widening is the largest. It will cost nearly $7.8 million and covers almost a one-mile area along Ohio 741 from Kings Mills Road to northbound Interstate 71.

The project, partially funded by the city's zoning tax, is designed to alleviate congestion by improving the interstate ramps and widening the roadway to five lanes. Two new traffic signals at Kings Mills Road and Courseview will be added.

Mr. Lahrmer said the project is about 75 percent finished; however, the bridge over I-71 remains under construction. The road improvement is to be completed by spring.

The $7 million Tylersville Road project is still in the design stage. Mr. Lahrmer said drawings are being completed by the engineer and will go to the Ohio Department of Transportation for approval next month.

He said the city needs to obtain several rights of way before the project can be put out for bid. City officials expect to award a contract for construction within six months.

The largely state-funded project calls for the widening of Tylersville, Stitt and Western Row roads to four lanes, with a fifth lane for turning at each intersection. Bike paths, sidewalks, landscaped medians and additional traffic signals are included in the project, expected to begin construction in early 2000.

City council approved a $2.1 million contract last month for the Mason-Montgomery Road widening and Indiana & Ohio Railroad bridge replacement.

Work is to begin on the project in March and be completed by November. Plans call for a new overpass to accommodate a three-lane roadway under the tracks.

Innovation Way, presently a cul-de-sac off Western Row Road, is about to be extended through to Socialville-Fosters Road to the south.

The project is to cost more than $400,000 and will include the addition of water and sewer lines. Construction, which is under way, is not expected to be completed until summer.

The $500,000 North Snider Road extension is to get under way early in the year. Council awarded a contract for the design of the road earlier this year.

Plans indicate that Snider Road will be extended about 2,100 feet north to Mason Road. Design is near completion, Mr. Lahrmer said.

Council also has awarded a contract to widen Socialville-Fosters Road by 27 feet. The three-lane widening project has not been scheduled.

As with most road projects, delays are inevitable.

“Whenever possible, traffic is maintained with minimal delays,” Mr. Lahrmer said. “The city tries to keep residents informed of scheduled road work to help minimize inconvenience.”



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