Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Meeting to discuss Taylor Mill road

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        TAYLOR MILL — Residents received two days' notice about a meeting tonight to discuss with state officials a controversial plan to develop a five-lane route through much of Taylor Mill.

        The special city meeting will be at 6 p.m. at Taylor Mill Fire and Ambulance Department, station No. 1, behind the city building at 5225 Taylor Mill Road.

        Expected to attend are state Rep. Thomas Kerr, D-Taylor Mill; state Sen. Jack Westwood, R-Erlanger; and a Kentucky highway official.

        Taylor Mill Administrator Jill Cain said no vote will be taken at the meeting, but state highway officials will briefly explain the proposed route, which they say will improve safety and relieve traffic congestion on Ky. 16.

        About 900 people have signed petitions opposing a route that would take 67 homes, businesses and farms in Taylor Mill and south Covington, said Jamie Schworer, whose limousine service is near the proposed route.

        “It seems like we're getting a five-lane highway shoved down our throats,” Schworer said.

        Several months ago, the Transportation Cabinet had proposed widening Ky. 16 to five lanes, from the current two in most areas, and adding sidewalks.

        The expansion would extend from Interstate 275 on the north end over to Old Taylor Mill Road about a half mile away, then follow Old Taylor Mill Road south until it merges again with Ky. 16. The road widening would end a half mile south of Hands Road.


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