Road work might slow you down now, but officials say finished projects will improve community

Posted at 1:02 AM, Mar 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-31 08:16:23-04

CINCINNATI -- The Ohio Department of Transportation said Thursday it hopes to invest and improve in community infrastructure with more than 120 spring construction projects in southwest Ohio, but residents might find their commutes affected while they happen.

"There's no denying that our transportation system impacts everybody's life every day," said ODOT construction administrator Dan Mendel.

Construction along busy roads like Martin Luther King Drive could slow and reroute traffic over the summer, but ODOT expects it to be finished and overall traffic flow to be improved by August.

Eric Kearney of the African-American Chamber of Commerce said the end result of such construction -- greater connectivity, improved ease of travel and reduction of collisions -- could be an economic boost for the community.

"It shows that Cincinnati is growing, and that means more opportunities for more people," Kearney said. "(The MLK project) is opening up Walnut Hills to enable it to have expressway access so a lot of people can come in and out. It'll be great for business."

Commuters who want a way around all of this connectivity-in-progress can download OHGO, the department of transportation app that sends traffic updates directly to users' smartphones.

Find more information about all the current construction projects at ODOT's website here.