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CINCINNATI - Madisonville residents will again get a chance to voice their opinions about the future of the Red Bank Road area at a Wednesday evening public hearing.

The Cincinnati City Council called a 6 p.m. public hearing on proposals to improve the Red Bank Expressway and Red Bank Road to Erie Avenue and Wooster Road.

Representatives from both the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Cincinnati Transportation and Engineering Department will show their plans for interchanges and higher speeds from Madison Road south and east. However, some community leaders and residents say they want less of an extended expressway and more of a residential parkway on Red Bank Road.

Among the alternative plans discussed is a landscaped roadway that includes room for walking and bicycle paths between I-71 and Lunken Airport. Some residents feel making Red Bank Road more attractive for residents would also make it a new target for small businesses and development.

There is also a proposal to rename Red Bank Expressway Road the Dunbar Parkway to pay tribute to the Dunbar community and descendants who still live in Madisonville.

The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Madisonville Recreation Center at 5320 Stewart Rd.

We'll have the meeting covered for you with updates here at WCPO.com and stories later on 9 News.

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