Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Mason-Montgomery Rd. to widen

Council approves $5.7M construction contract

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — City Council has awarded a contract to Sunesis Construction Co. of West Chester for $5.7 million to widen Mason-Montgomery Road from two to four lanes between Tylersville Road and Church Street.

        City officials on Monday also agreed to purchase land from property owners, bringing to $115,000 the amount spent on land needed for the project. Legislation also was approved to allow the city to begin obtaining property through eminent domain.

        “Obviously, some property owners are going to be inconvenienced and we're going to do what we can to minimize that inconvenience or compensate (them for it),” Mayor John McCurley said. “We are a growing community and there are going to be growing pains.”

        City leaders say the road improvement is expected to accommodate growth and increased traffic from the yet-to-be-built high school, community center and municipal center on Mason-Montgomery Road. Work will begin in May and be completed by summer 2002.

        Erin Winters said the city has offered to pay her fair market value for 3 feet of property it needs in front of her Mason-Montgomery Road house, but she isn't satisfied. “The biggest factor is I don't want a four-lane highway in front of my house,” Mrs. Winters said. “The noise factor already is a huge issue.”

        The project also will include installation of water and sewer lines, traffic signals, bike path, sidewalk, grass median and street lights. Trees and landscaping will be added later.

        Mason-Montgomery Road will close from June to November for construction of a bridge over Muddy Creek between Rose Hill Cemetery and Main Street.


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