Tuesday, February 09, 1999
Lebanon has 2nd go at bypass
BY RICHELLE THOMPSON
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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