The City of Loveland is in the process of conducting a feasibility study for a project to address transportation issues within Historic Downtown Loveland. Current issues include travel delays and congestion on and near the West Loveland Avenue Bridge over the Little Miami River.
To launch the study, residents, local business owners, workers, and frequent area travelers were invited to take a survey. The survey generated 1,769 total responses between June 15-July 17, 2023. Of those, 1,707 were complete survey responses.
Public involvement is a critical component of the project development process for proposed roadway improvements. This survey was the first of several public involvement opportunities. The public will be invited to open houses in the first quarter of 2024 to review multiple design alternatives and provide feedback. A final preferred alternative will be presented at a future public open house.
About the Study
The West Loveland Avenue Traffic Study assesses the need for a new river crossing, as well as the design and implementation of other traffic network enhancements required to address and mitigate existing congestion and recurring travel delays in Historic Downtown Loveland. The study area encompasses the West Loveland Avenue corridor between Second Street and Rich Road, while also extending approximately one river mile to the north and the south.
At present, West Loveland Avenue is the only way for motorists to cross the Little Miami River within Loveland's city limits. The nearest river crossing to the north is located in Maineville on Montgomery Road, while the nearest crossing to the south is located in Symmes Township on Hopewell Road.
In addition, Loveland’s Historic Downtown District is a built-in area with little to no room for road widening, which means the most likely solution is to provide alternate routes for through traffic in neighboring communities. While the city’s initial investigation focuses on Downtown Loveland, the final preferred alternative is likely to require road improvements elsewhere, up to and including the construction of a new river crossing.