CINCINNATI (AP) — The National Trust for Historic Preservation is urging Ohio to scrap a plan that could put a highway through a beloved 80-acre wooded area that residents of the village of Mariemont use for hiking and gardening.
The Washington, D.C.-based group says the highway would permanently scar the southwestern Ohio village, which looks more like an English town than an Ohio suburb.
The national preservation group has named Mariemont as among the nation’s 11 most endangered historic places.
The Ohio Department of Transportation says a new highway is needed in the area to ease traffic congestion and reduce accidents.
Highway officials say that even if the department puts a highway through the 80-acre woods, no homes or businesses in Mariemont would be directly impacted.