Friday, November 21, 2003

Traffic study under review in Kenton Co.

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

LAKESIDE PARK - Crescent Springs residents might have a glimpse of their future soon. At least they'll learn about what traffic's headed their way.

What: Meeting of the Kenton County Planning Commission
When: 6:15 p.m. Dec. 4
Where: Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, Lakeside Park
Issue: County planners will recommend if Crescent Springs City Council should approve or deny a proposed preliminary development plan for the $55 million Buttermilk Towne Center or accept it with conditions.
The possible local traffic impact of the $55 million Buttermilk Towne Center will be discussed at the Kenton County Planning Commission's Dec. 4 meeting.

This week, Montgomery developer Bear Creek Capital submitted a promised traffic study to area planning staff after twice failing to do so.

The proposed outdoor retail center would be built on a 45-acre site west of Interstate 75 that includes the 150-lot Crest Mobile Home Park. The site is bounded by Buttermilk Pike, Beechwood Road, Anderson Road and a set of railroad tracks.

The project would include retail space anchored by a grocery, office space and seven surrounding lots where higher-end, sit-down restaurants are proposed.

That would bring people to the area. And that could frustrate drivers.

Bear Creek's traffic study by KZF Design projects the development would generate 19,008 average daily trips, including passerby traffic, or traffic that's already on local roads. Of those, 11,668 trips would be new, the study said.

Entrances to Buttermilk Towne Center would be off Anderson Road, Baxter Road, via Buttermilk Crossing and off Anderson/Beechwood Road and Bromley Crescent Springs Road.

To lessen traffic problems in an already congested area, the study recommends improvements. They include building a southbound right-turn lane on Anderson Road approaching Buttermilk Pike, another northbound lane on Erlanger-Crescent Springs Road as a through-right turn lane and widening the east side of Anderson Road next to the Fifth Third Bank to help re-align lanes on Erlanger-Crescent Springs Road and Anderson Road at the Buttermilk Pike intersection.

Another possible alternative: reconstructing Anderson Road north of Buttermilk Pike.

Other improvements, including new turn lanes and traffic signals, are proposed for entrances to the proposed development.


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