Attorney Matt Fellerhoff was selected by Mariemont Village Council to fight a road plan that will relocate state Route 32 through part of Mariemont’s south 80 acres. The proposed relocation is one piece of the Eastern Corridor project, which claims to expand public transportation, upgrade interchanges and build new roads in order to reduce traffic and increase connectivity between western Clermont County and downtown Cincinnati.
A map of the projected road project shows the plan to connect state Route 32 to Columbia Parkway (U.S. 50) close to Red Bank Road. Route 32 would then continue across the Little Miami River north of what is known as “horseshoe bend,” invading woods, trails, farmland and community gardens in Mariemont Village’s south 80 acres. Fellerhoff was quoted in a recent article on Cincinnati.com: “At the outset, I will observe that the citizens of Mariemont and the historic groups of Mariemont have done an excellent job of laying the groundwork for an opposition to the project. Now what is needed is intelligent and targeted attacks on the record as it is now.”
An alternative route, south of Mariemont and bypassing the village entirely, has been proposed by the Ohio Department of Transportation. ODOT foresees a favorable road plan chosen by December, and the following month, a decision on whether or not to proceed with construction.