All lanes of traffic near Kennedy Connector project set to reopen | News
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The City of Cincinnati announced plans on Tuesday to reopen Madison Road. The city expects to open all four lanes of traffic on Madison between Ibsen and Ridge Avenues and the eastbound detour to be removed prior to Wednesday morning’s rush hour.
The lane restrictions and detour were put in place for the installation of two water mains by Greater Cincinnati Water Works. One is a transmission main, which consists of pipes that are more than four feet wide and 20 feet long. Each pipe weighs 20,000 pounds. Crews also installed a 16-inch water main that is used to deliver water to residences.
Once Madison is reopened, crews will again close Ibsen between Ridge and Madison to all but local traffic. This closure is expected to remain in place for the duration of this project. When complete, Ibsen will terminate at the new portion of Kennedy Avenue instead of Madison.
The original construction plans called for this part of the Kennedy Connector project to last more than two months. Working with its contractors, the City of Cincinnati put in place a more aggressive construction plan that had crews working seven straight days during most weeks. The new plan resulted in a closure of just 29 days.
The Kennedy Connector project will build a new extension of Kennedy Avenue that will connect Duck Creek and Madison Roads. The new road will improve traffic flow and safety. It also will provide new opportunities for economic development.
The project began this spring and is expected to take nearly two years to complete.