Thursday, September 21, 2000

Don't build road, most at Taylor Mill meeting say

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer Contributor

        TAYLOR MILL — Patricia Bizeau played with 3-year-old daughter Tiffany outside the Taylor Mill fire station Wednesday, but her mind was also on what happened where the firetrucks are usually parked.

        Ms. Bizeau was among about 100 Taylor Mill residents who attended a meeting to discuss with city and state leaders a controversial plan to build a five-lane, $48 million road through much of the Kenton County town.

        “I don't want this road,” Ms. Bizeau said. “It's quiet, it's peaceful.”

        Ms. Bizeau's opinion was shared by most of the others who spoke. They said the new road would divide the city into sections, be unsafe for children and turn the town into a copy of Beechmont Avenue in Hamilton and Clermont counties and its glut of fast-food restaurants, car dealerships and curb cuts.

        “It's your charge to give us what we want, not what the Department of Transportation thinks is good for us,” said Amy Lirely, who lives on Tando Way in Taylor Mill.

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

        The road widening would end a half-mile south of Hands Pike, and it would take 67 homes, businesses and farms. Several months ago, the state Transportation Cabinet had proposed widening Ky. 16 to five lanes from two in most areas and adding sidewalks.

        “Who decided the road should come down (Old Taylor Mill)?” said Paul Olzeski, one of the 67 who stands to lose homes to eminent domain. “It's a shortcut for people who want to go to Independence.”

        Mike Bezold, the project manager at the Kentucky Department of Transportation district office in Fort Mitchell, said the widening also would affect Covington, Independence and Fort Wright.

        Richard Guidi, a KDOT branch manager for pre-construction, said the proposal calls for land acquisition in 2003 and construction to begin in 2005.

        Mr. Guidi said lawmakers still have to approve funding in either 2002 or 2004.


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