CINCINNATI - The City of Cincinnati is looking for the public's help in naming the new Kennedy Connector in the Ridge Road/Madison Road Corridor.
Once completed, the new road will connect Kennedy Avenue into southbound I-71 and the Norwood Lateral, and give highway access for Ridge and Alamo avenues. A section of Kennedy Avenue will also be connected to Duck Creek and Madison roads.
City officials say they received more than 200 ideas for road names which were narrowed down to the following five:
- Kennison: Combination of "Kennedy" and "Madison."
- William Brown: Cincinnati pioneer. Received Purple Heart from George Washington.
- HB Stowe: Harriet Beecher Stowe. Abolitionist, Uncle Tom's Cabin author, one-time Cincinnati resident.
- Mill Ridge: "Mill" in honor of the former Cincinnati Milacron site and "Ridge" from the nearby road.
- Kennector: Combination of "Kennedy" and "Connector."
"We had so many great suggestions," said Jared McFaddin, Senior Engineer for the project. "I am sure the members of the committee had to leave off some names they really liked."
The city received a variety of suggestions that ranged from a play on words describing the area to people wanting the road named after themselves.
"This has been a fun way to get the public involved in the Kennedy Connector project," said McFaddin. "I'm looking forward to the final results so we can get the new signs ordered."
The voting begins Monday, Aug. 26 on the Kennedy Connector's Facebook Page and ends on Sept. 11. The person whose suggestion is selected will be invited to a special ceremony that will mark the 2-year end of the project.
For more information or to cast a vote visit https://www.facebook.com/KennedyConnector .