I-74 would be extended from its current eastern terminus along I-75 North to the Norwood Lateral (OH 562). I-74 would follow OH 562 eastwards to I-71 and head North to around Exit 9 (Red Bank Road). Red Bank Road to US 50 would be upgraded to Interstate standards. Then a new freeway would be built eastwardly over the Miami River to OH 32 near Bells Lane. OH 32 would be upgraded (via grade separations) to an Interstate to Old OH 74 east of I-275. (This would include a redesign of the current OH 32/I-275 Interchange.)
Map of I-74 Cincinnati extension (UrbanCincy.com)
Currently, ODOT is in the process of rebuilding I-75 in the vicinity of the I-74 and Norwood Lateral interchanges. The Mill Creek Expressway Project, a total rebuild of I-75, consists of eight different major projects and scheduled to be completed in 2020.
The $809 million that ODOT has targeted for the I-74 project is broken down into four sections. Section 1: $204.6 million to upgrade Red Bank Road to an Interstate from I-71 to US 50. Section 2: $366.2 million for a new highway from US 50, over the Miami River, to OH 32 near Bells Lane. Section 3: $178.9 million for upgrades to OH 32 from Bells Lane to I-275 including modifications to the OH 32/I-275 interchange. Section 4: $61.4 million to upgrade OH 32 to Interstate standards from Eastgate Blvd. to Old Ohio Route 74.
ODOT does not list any planned upgrades to the Norwood Lateral or Interstate 71. The Norwood Lateral would need a significant overhaul to meet modern Interstate standards.
The jury is out whether or not this extension will ever happen. But it is an interesting development in the I-73/74 saga.
Story Link: $809M tagged to extend I-74 through Hamilton County ---Cincinnati Business Courier
HT: Frank Brosnan