Proposed $70M MLK Interchange at I-71 Could be Nearing Breakthrough
A proposed $70 million interchange at Interstate 71 and Martin Luther King Drive could be on the verge of a breakthrough.
The interchange project has languished for years due to a lack of city, state and federal funding. But Gov. John Kasich says the project is crucial for economic development and wants construction to start in July 2014.
The new interchange would create easy access from I-71 to an area where more than 55,000 employees work at places including Cincinnati Children’s, the University of Cincinnati, Christ Hospital and others. It is also expected to create access to 670 acres of land in Avondale and Walnut Hills for future development.
“Cincinnati Children’s has grown by more than 3,000 employees in just the last five years,” said Cincinnati Children’s President and CEO Michael Fisher. “The MLK interchange is vital … as we continue to grow and serve not only local community health needs, but the needs of patients coming from all 50 states and nearly 50 countries.”
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