CINCINNATI -- Work is slated to begin this week on the long-awaited Martin Luther King Interchange project.
Officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday for the $80 million project. The ceremony will take place in the main lobby of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
The Uptown area is one of the communities that is expected to benefit from the project.
The MLK Interchange is being designed to increase access from Interstate 71 to the area around UCMC.
Officials said about 300,000 cars travel through Uptown every day and about 50,000 people work in the area. The project would mean thousands of new jobs and an estimated economic impact of more than $130 million.
Another big winner would be the Cincinnati Zoo. The interchange would allow people direct access from the highway to the zoo’s main entrance on Vine Street.