Thursday, August 05, 1999

Crucial exit stays open for games, Tall Stacks

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Bengals and Reds fans won't have to find a new way to Cinergy Field this fall. And the 750,000 people expected for Tall Stacks '99 will have an easier time getting to steamboats on the river in October.

        The Pete Rose Way exit ramp from Fort Washington Way that leads to Cincinnati's riverfront will stay open through the year.

        Originally, it was to close in early October, interfering with traffic headed to events on the riverfront.

        Now the exit isn't scheduled to close until January, after the Reds and Bengals are done with their seasons and Tall Stacks visitors are gone, Cincinnati City Manager John Shirey said Wednesday.

        The closing is part of the Fort Washington Way reconstruction. The project is making the three-quarters-mile-long highway that stretches from the Interstate 71/75 Brent Spence Bridge through the Lytle Tunnel straighter, narrower and safer. The project is on schedule to be done in August 2000.

        The Pete Rose Way exit needs to be closed so construction can continue on Paul Brown Stadium.

        A six-minute video uses computer-generated graphics to show how Fort Washington Way and Second and Third streets will look and how traffic will move. The video will be lent free at are Hollywood Video stores and libraries.


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