We hear a lot these days about collaboration – regional cooperation, bipartisan teamwork, the list goes on. Too often, though, those ideals are more talk than action.
I’m part of a project team that truly is working across geographic and political lines to improve the quality of life for the people of Southwest Ohio.
The improvements taking place at the Fields Ertel and Mason-Montgomery roads interchange at Interstate 71 are truly an example of regional and bipartisan cooperation. I believe this project is the single most important infrastructure improvement in our region. The improvements will ease congestion, expand access to business and shopping, and improve safety for all who travel through the Fields Ertel/Mason-Montgomery roads area.
You may have already noticed a few of the changes – a new northbound lane has been added on Mason-Montgomery Road between Fields Ertel and Parkway Drive, and we’re working with the Ohio Department of Transportation to upgrade the traffic signals at 22 different places throughout the area. I’ve heard from numerous residents and commuters that those changes are already making a difference and reducing their travel time through the area.
But we’re not finished. Multiple roadway improvements have been approved – and funded! – and will continue over the next few years.
I’d like to invite you to learn more about these changes at an upcoming community meeting that will take place this evening. I’ll be there, along with many of my colleagues from Warren County, Hamilton County, Deerfield and Symmes townships – this project wouldn’t be happening without their support and cooperation. (You can also find out more about the project at www.AdvancingFieldsErtel.com.)
I believe working to ensure the safety of people traveling to and from home and work is one of the central functions of government. I can assure you that your tax dollars are being used wisely and constructively to improve the quality of life for people who live and work in the Fields Ertel/Mason-Montgomery roads area.
Warren and Hamilton counties are ripe for continued investment and job growth. These roadway improvements will support job creation and stimulate regional development.
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