New Ohio 741 traffic light plan near mall taking shape

Final plans are expected to be submitted by year’s end for two major parts of a project that would change development and traffic along Ohio 741 north of the Dayton Mall.

The township’s Vienna Center proposal includes the $2 million, 650-foot extension of Vienna Parkway to the state route and the construction of a 61,000 square foot skilled care facility at the new intersection, which would involve another traffic signal on Ohio 741.

“It is our anticipation” that the road and care facility proposals “will come back for final development plans within the next six months, if not sooner,” Miami Twp. Deputy Community Development Director Kyle Hinkelman told trustees last week.

A preliminary plan – which calls for an state traffic study - was approved by trustees Tuesday night after a public hearing for Vienna Center, a 13-acre proposal that would create the intersection at Cox Arboretum.

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Only one resident opposed extending Vienna Parkway, a residential street that starts at Mad River Road. A handful of others expressed concerns about buffering, lighting and other issues related to the care facility proposed by Trilogy Health Services.

Many of those issues were addressed in stricter design standards that were part of the package approved by trustees, as were new lot splits and sizes. What has been 11 lots will now be six, parcels of 6.64 acres for the Trilogy facility and about 3 acres for the lot land that would include the road extension, which has been on plans for decades, Hinkelman said.

The plan to extend Vienna Parkway currently includes two westbound lanes - including a turn lane - and an eastbound one, records show. The west and eastbound lanes near the intersection includes a median.

That lane configuration could change, township officials said, depending on the traffic study by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

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“There are multiple things in regards to traffic in play,” said Miami Twp. Board of Trustees Vice President John Morris. “The township has engaged in a traffic study for Vienna Parkway traffic and what would happen to the neighborhood traffic with the implementation of this traffic signal.

“A separate traffic study,” Morris added, “is going to be done by the Ohio Department of Transportation to look at what the intersection of Vienna Parkway and 741 needs to look like.

The state’s traffic study will “make sure that the traffic signal gets laid out and all of the turn lanes and the signaling is appropriately put in to their satisfaction,” he said.

The Trilogy facility, meanwhile, is not expected be completed until 2021, Hinkelman said. The Louisville Ky.-based company has a 18-24 month building process, he said.

Trilogy may also end up building another facility on about 2.28 acres it would control to the south, Hinkelman said. But that would be even further in the future, he said.

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