Wayfinding a priority for Uptown

An informational meeting was held in Corryville last Wednesday to present the new Uptown Wayfinding Signage System to the public.

The Uptown Consortium and the City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering (DOTE) are teaming up to design and build the first unified directional signage in Uptown's neighborhoods since 84 signs were installed in the early 1980s.

The new signage is a recommendation of the 2006 Uptown Transportation Plan, which was approved by the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) board of directors in January 2007.

That plan recommended a total of 610 vehicular, pedestrian and directory signs for the neighborhoods at a total cost of between $807,000 and $1.2 million.

On August 14, the Executive Committee of OKI will vote on a resolution to provide a $1 million grant for the project in its 2008-2011 Transportation Improvement Program budget.

Cincinnati City Council already has passed an ordinance allowing them to apply for the grant.

Uptown Consortium and DOTE will provide $250,000 in local matching funds.

No timeline has been announced for the signs' design and installation.

Writer: Kevin LeMaster
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