Motorists frustrated with delays at the Fields-Ertel Road exit off Interstate 71 will have the chance to find out about current and proposed improvements at a community information meeting Thursday.
The community is invited to stop in any time between 5-8 p.m. at Deerfield Crossing Tower, 5181 Natorp Blvd., Deerfield Township. A brief presentation and question-and-answer session will be held at 7 p.m.
The traffic-clogged interchange at Fields Ertel and Mason-Montgomery roads near the border of southern Warren and northern Hamilton counties has long been a source of frustration for residents and commuters.
Funding for current and scheduled improvements has been secured and motorists have already begun to see changes in the area, including the addition of a new northbound traffic lane and improvements in traffic signal timing, say officials.
Work has already begun in the area and will continue over the next several years
“We are working aggressively to ease congestion, expand access to business and shopping and improve safety for all who travel through the Fields-Ertel/Mason-Montgomery Road area,” said Warren County Engineer Neil Tunison. “We are excited to host this community information meeting so that the public can learn more about the improvements taking place in the area.”
The interchange was constructed in the 1960s when the area was rural. Today it’s jammed with commerce – and traffic.
By 2015, officials estimate 66,650 vehicles will travel through the intersection of Mason-Montgomery and Fields Ertel roads in one day. By 2035, that jumps by 40 percent to 93,620 vehicles a day.
The area is a key economic engine for Warren County. Within miles of the interchange is Procter & Gamble’s Mason Business Center, the Deerfield Towne Center shopping center, Kings Automall and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Mason campus, among others.
“This is the single most important infrastructure improvement we can undertake on behalf of our region,” said Warren County Commissioner Dave Young. “We understand the fierce urgency of now, and we’re fixing the traffic problems and making the drive through Fields-Ertel safer and easier – and we’re doing it now.”
For more information on the meeting or interchange improvement project, call 513-804-8033 or go to www.advancingfieldsertel.com.
Staff reporter Paul McKibben contributed
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