Road extension by Dayton Mall moves forward despite traffic concerns

@10 a.m. Wednesday: The completion of Vienna Parkway to Ohio 741 has been recommended for approval by the Miami Twp. Zoning Commission.

Commissioners voted Tuesday night to endorse the project, which would require a traffic signal on the state route and has nearby residents concerned about the extension’s impact on their neighborhood.

The issue is set to be addressed by trustees next week, a township official said.


Extending Vienna Parkway to Ohio 741 will help public safety access to a neighborhood largely secluded from the state route, records show.

But completing the east/west road near the Dayton Mall will expose the Vienna Park subdivision to public safety risks with increased traffic and noise, area residents have said.

The $2 million road extension – which will be funded by the township and include a traffic signal at Ohio 741 – is being proposed on land the township bought last year from the company that built the subdivision.

The plan is set to be considered by the Miami Twp. Zoning Commission when it meets at 6 p.m. today in the Miami Twp. Government Center, 2700 Lyons Road.

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“This project will provide better police and fire access to the Vienna Park neighborhood and create a direct pathway to State Route 741 in the event of an emergency,” the application for the final development plan states.

The completion of Vienna Parkway is consistent with Montgomery County Thoroughfare Plan, which has included the extension for decades, township officials have said.

But the project will also promote vehicles “cutting through Vienna Parkway,” Vienna Woods Trail resident Robert Kos, a 41-year resident, has told trustees.

“You might as well change the name to Vienna Raceway,” Kos added. “We do not need a through street…..please don’t mess up our beautiful neighborhood.”

With the completion of the road, Vienna Parkway is “going to turn into….a shortcut through the neighborhood,” according to Mike Swanson, who also lives on Vienna Woods.

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Vienna Parkway is a 44-foot wide road that begins at Mad River Road and goes east, records show. It is part of a neighborhood that is lined with stylish brick homes whose sale price is commonly $250,000 or higher.

The land earmarked for the road’s completion is owned by the township, and officials have been talking about plans to extend Vienna Parkway since it bought the property from Zengel Construction in 2018.

The land where the extension would be built is part of about 13 acres, most of which is part of Vienna Center. Vienna Center will include a 90,000 square foot senior living facility on 8.8 acre, records show.

The final development plan for the two-story, 119-bed Trilogy Health Services’ site was approved by trustees last month.

The roadway completion plan 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 a traffic study by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

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