Tuesday, February 09, 1999

Lebanon has 2nd go at bypass

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — City council is taking a second shot at pushing through a bypass between U.S. 42 and Ohio 123.

        Tonight's agenda includes a measure for council to authorize a study “to determine the location, need and means for a connector street.”

        Estimated costs of such a study were not available Monday. Deputy City Manager C. Ed Patterson did not return telephone calls.

        By a 4-3 vote, council at its Jan. 26 meeting turned down a similar proposal that called for the city to proceed with construction of a roadway. Council members said they wanted see the plan and a consultant's suggestions before moving ahead with construction.

        The new legislation is clear that council is only approving a study, not choosing the final route.

        That doesn't allay fears of Glosser Road residents and others nearby, many of whom are convinced council already has decided to transform their dead-end country road into a western bypass around the city.

        “Personally, I feel there are already enough roads for the trucks to use,” Glosser Road resident Carol Webb said Monday. “If they're going to do a study, they need to find out if they even need a bypass, and they need to find the best place for it.”

        Mrs. Webb fears that including the starting and ending points for a connector road in the legislation will leave Glosser as the foregone conclusion.

        Starting work on a bypass is one of city council's initiatives for 1999. The board set a target completion date of 2001.

        City officials have said a bypass is needed to divert truck traffic from the downtown business district and residential streets.

        It would complete a circle of roads around the city of 13,700 residents, with Miller Road to the north and the Ohio 48 bypass to the east.


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