State and local officials gathered at the side of the road Friday, May 28. They were there to break ground on the extension of Old State Route 74 to College Drive.
The road will grant alternative access to the University of Cincinnati Clermont College, King’s Way Fellowship Church, and the Southwest Ohio Developmental Center.
“This is a major day for us,” UC Clermont interim Dean Robert Michael “Mick” McLaughlin said. “We are an access institution and this will provide additional access to our rapidly growing campus.”
The project is the result of funding from a number of federal, state, local, and private sources. Clermont County Engineer Pat Manger said it was impressive to see everything come together.
"It took a small army to get this project off the ground," Manger said. "Through the cooperation of numerous individuals and agencies, this project is a shining example of how Clermont County goes about doing business."
Funding came from the Ohio Public Works Commission, the Ohio Department of Development, the Appalachian Region Commission, UC Clermont, the Southwest Ohio Development Center, and the donation of 2.739 acres of land from Mary Winn Gatch.
Broshear Contractors will begin work immediately and Manger said the road will hopefully be completed by Aug. 31 of this year.
Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud said this is a project he has been working on for quite some time.
"This has been long awaited and is an exciting and great day for the community," Proud said.
Also participating in the ground breaking were state Representatives Joe Uecker and Danny Bubp, Commissioner Ed Humphrey, Batavia Township Trustees Lee Cornett and James Sauls Jr., UC Clermont College staff, and the project engineers.