Wilkens said there will be one more overnight closure Aug. 9 so contractors can lay the final course of paving and markings.
“Come this Monday morning you’re going to be traveling as a DDI,” Wilkens said. “Officially it won’t be open until sometime after the 9th. There will be still maybe minor clean up on the outside but the lanes themselves should be all topped out and ready to go.”
Eastbound Union Centre Boulevard traffic will detour southwest on Muhlhauser Road, east on Allen Road and north on Cincinnati Dayton Road. Westbound traffic will reverse this route.
The $20 million project was paid for entirely out of West Chester Twp. tax increment financing funds. The early estimate for the project was $14 million, but Wilkens had to revise the projection multiple times due to the construction market last year. The township is paying $6 million in cash and sold $14 million in TIF-backed bonds.
The Union Centre Boulevard interchange is one of I-75′s busiest in the Cincinnati area, serving as a gateway to a business, entertainment and shopping corridor that is a regional draw due to attractions like IKEA and TopGolf and major employers like GE Aviation. More than 50,000 travel the route daily, officials said.
Since 1997 when the UCB interchange was built, there has been more than $2.4 billion in real and personal property investments; more than 22 million square feet of retail, corporate office, entertainment and industrial development, generating more than 25,000 jobs in the Union Centre area, according to the township website.
Trustee Mark Welch said the UCB corridor is incredibly important for all three of the township’s business districts and the project was not only necessary but worth the investment.
“The reason we did the new DDI is simply because we wanted to ease the traffic, we wanted to make it easier to get on and off the highway, faster to get on and off the highway particularly in rush hour situations,” Welch said. “We believe that this is going to solve it and it’s going to open the door for additional West Chester business development in the UCB and Cincinnati Dayton area for the next 20 years.”