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Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
RIVERSIDE — A stretch of Springfield Street near the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is slated for a dramatic multi-million dollar reconstruction in coming years, city of Riverside officials said.
City planners are asking for public input during a meeting next month to gain feedback about the $5.46 million project’s design.
The two-phase project would reconstruct Springfield Street — currently a four-lane street — to a two-lane road with a center two-way left-turn lane. The three lanes would be flanked by bicycle lanes on each side.
Phase I of the Springfield Street reconstruction will extend from Harshman Road to the city’s east corporate limits. Phase II will extend from Harshman Road to the city’s west corporate limits.
The goal is not only to rebuild the deteriorating road, but to decrease speed and increase safety as well.
“We have an issue of speed with the four lanes,” said Brock Taylor, Riverside’s director of planning and program management. “Bringing those lanes down will slow that traffic down.”
At peak rush-hour, the changes are estimated to add 22 seconds of travel time, Taylor said.
Such a reconstruction — effectively reworking the road from four lanes to three and adding bike lanes — is called a “road diet.” Road diets are recommended on streets with daily traffic under 20,000 vehicles, Taylor said. Currently, Springfield Street sees under 8,000 vehicles per day.
As planned, the project would close off Northcliff Drive to Springfield Street for safety, Taylor said.
“The crash data shows there have been some very severe crashes” at the Northcliff intersection, Taylor said.
Additionally, the plan calls for the Norman Boulevard and Springfield Street intersection to be re-constructed as a Norman Boulevard cul-de-sac. Planning documents state the “extreme skewed alignment” of the intersection limits the line of sight for drivers, and that the “proximity to Memorial Park and Old Harshman Road intersection makes the intersection not prudent.”
No major realignment is expected at the intersection of Springfield Street and Old Harshman Road, in part due to cost. Taylor said a realignment of the intersection would, at minimum, add about $650,000 to the project.
Federal and state funds will cover approximately $954,000 of the estimated $3.06 million cost of Phase I and an estimated $1.91 million of the $2.4 million cost of Phase II.
The remaining $2.59 million will be paid by the city, which continues to seek additional dollars through other grants and funds.
The public meeting regarding the program will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 22, at 5200 Springfield Street. For more details, call the city at 937-233-1801.
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Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:15 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:01 PM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
Today: Very warm and humid with scattered clouds, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs says. Temperatures will reach the lower 80s, but the weather will feel warmer because of the humidity. Some scattered showers and storms will develop in the northern Miami Valley late this afternoon and spread south into the evening. A couple of storms may become intense, with locally heavy rain and gusty wind. Storms will taper later tonight, with the weather to remain mild and temperatures in the middle 60s. A few areas of patchy fog are possible late.
Tonight: Any showers and storms that remain this evening should fade past sunset. Some fog is possible again overnight with temperatures dropping into the mid-60s.
Thursday: The chance for a few showers and storms returns. Highs will be near 80 degrees.
Friday: The best chance for rain moves in. Showers and storms are expected with highs in the lower 80s.
Saturday: More showers and storms are likely at times, though it won’t be an all-day rain event. Highs to start the weekend will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s.
Sunday: More dry time is expected, but there’s still a chance for showers and storms. Highs will be in the lower 80s.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:23 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:36 PM
SPRINGFIELD TWP., CLARK COUNTY — UPDATE @ 1:27 p.m.: One person has been taken to a hospital after a car rammed into a house on South Bird Road, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
According to the preliminary investigation, a female was driving north when she apparently lost control of the vehicle and rammed the front of the house, where the resident was asleep.
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That resident has been taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center, suffering from minor injuries. The driver was not injured, according to troopers.
South Bird Road will be shut down at Laybourne Road in both directions until further notice.
Police, sheriff’s deputies, OSP and the gas company are on the scene of a car into a house in the 200 block of South Bird and Laybourne roads in Springfield Twp.
The incident occurred moments ago. Unknown on injuries.
We will update this developing report as we get information.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 12:17 PM
Dayton — A professor of toxicology and environmental health says Dayton and Montgomery County residents should expect regular monitoring and public updates about water quality in the wake of test results showing the low-level presence of potentially dangerous chemicals.
However, Rita Loch-Caruso, a professor of toxicology in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan, said it’s too soon to recommend buying new household water filtration systems as a cautionary measure.
Loch-Caruso said similar levels of PFAS have been found in Ann Arbor drinking water, where she lives, and she has not purchased a water filtration system.
“It certainly is low,” she said. “I would say it’s something for the people and for the city to start to pay attention to, and to keep paying attention to.”
“We certainly don’t know everything there is know about PFAS (polyfluoralkyl substances), and PFAS are a difficult group of chemicals to study because there are so many variations of them,” Loch-Caruso said.
PFAS is a substance once used as a firefighting foam at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The chemical has infiltrated groundwater and prompted the shutdown of several Dayton water wells and has now been detected in drinking water bound for customers.
Dayton and Montgomery County are sending customers notices with the results of recent testing of treated water leaving the city’s Ottawa Water Treatment Plant. The results of March testing show PFAS detected at a level of 7 to 13 parts per trillion.
Officials stress that level is significantly below the EPA health advisory limit of 70 ppt (parts per trillion) for lifetime exposure, but it marks the first time PFAS have been detected in water after the treatment process.
Loch-Caruso said that if she lived in Dayton, “I’d pay attention.”
“I would like to see my city doing regular monitoring and publishing the results of the concentrations,” she said. “I would like to see a plan for monitoring — how is the city going to watch this?”
Michael Powell, director of the city of Dayton Water Department, said Wednesday the city has monitored the situation and will continue to test concentration levels.
“I drink it every day,” Powell said of Dayton’s water.
One part per trillion is comparable to finding one grain of sand in an Olympic-sized swimming pool, he said.
The discovered concentration levels “are right on the edge of the detection levels that the latest tests are able to detect,” he said.
In fact, they are so low, the levels are labeled by testing labs as “estimated,” he said.
Joe Tuss, Montgomery County administrator, said county leaders will work to coordinate with Dayton to make sure testing protocols are consistent.
“As the entity that has the community asset that is the well fields and water treatment facilities, we want to make sure we are working in concert with the city and certainly making sure they are taking the lead in any activities around this whole PFAS issue,” Tuss said.