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Liberty Township is hatching an ambitious plan to get consumers walking

Posted at 4:30 AM, Aug 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-30 10:28:22-04

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Liberty Township trustees unveiled an ambitious plan to create pedestrian bridges and even a tunnel to encourage walking in the community.

“Destination walking,” Liberty Township Trustee Tom Farrell said. “It was people wanting to live, work and play in the same area.”

The township has a plan to bring the community into the future, with pedestrian bridges that could connect several high traffic areas, including one over 129 between Liberty Center and Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus and one over I-75 which would connect Children’s and the New Christ Hospital. They’re also talking about putting a tunnel under Liberty Way that leads to Voice of America Park without having to cross the busy street. The cost of all these projects could be as much as $15 million, without public funds

“This particular area, we believe that if the stakeholders are willing to invest the money, they believe in the vision,” Farrell said.

Naming rights to the bridges could generate bids. 

“We do not know how much they’re going to be willing to pay for the naming rights of the bridge, but we’re about to find out,” Farrell said.

The hope is the bridges and more foot traffic in the region will bring in more businesses. The township will hold more meetings with businesses to talk money sometime next month. They hope to raise all the funds in less than a year, with construction completed within five years.