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Columbia Parkway Lane Closures Begin Monday

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Jay Hanselman
The $17 million project is to stabilize the hill to prevent landslides like this one along Columbia Parkway.

The $17 million project to stabilize the hill along Columbia Parkway begins its first phase Monday. A release from the city says two of three westbound lanes between Delta and Torrence will close that morning for two to three months.

Eastbound lanes will remain open and long delays are expected during rush hour.

The project addresses 12 landslide mitigation sites along two miles of the roadway from Bains Street to Torrence. The first phase of the project focuses on three locations between Kemper Lane and Torrence, noted as areas 7, 8 and 10 in the below project site map. 

Credit Courtesy of the City of Cincinnati
Courtesy of the City of Cincinnati

WVXU reported in April how the city voted to fully fund the repairs to stop landslides. The $17 million is a combination of $9.4 million that had been set aside to build a new District 5 police facility, and $7.6 million of borrowed money. The city will issue bonds that will be repaid with revenues from a property tax increase approved in 2018 for debt service. 

Construction is expected to continue through the summer of 2021. You can use Riverside Drive as an alternate route. 

Jennifer Merritt brings 15 years of "tra-digital" journalism experience to WVXU, having served in various digital roles for such legacy publications as InStyle and Parade, as well as start-ups like Levo League and iVillage. She helped these outlets earn several awards, including MIN's 2015 Digital Team of the Year. She graduated from Rutgers University with a journalism major and English minor and has continued her education with professional development classes through the Poynter Institute, Columbia University and PMJA. Before moving to Cincinnati from New York in 2016, she vowed her son would always call it "soda" and not "pop." She has so far been successful in this endeavor.