July 9 2009

The exit from I-71 to Red Bank Road actually forms something called the Red Bank Expressway. It runs roughly parallel to the original Red Bank Road but is not a full freeway. This is south on the Red Bank Expressway, coming off I-71.

The Red Bank Expressway even has at least one traffic light. This is probably approaching Duck Creek Road.

East on Madison Road, going under the rail overpass at Kenwood Road.

South on Plainville Road, approaching Cambridge Avenue. This is in one of many noncontiguous portions of Columbia Township.

Now we're in Mariemont - and this intersection must be so important that it needs 3 stop signs. This is south on Plainville Road at US 50. Oddly, the Google Street View photo that was taken only about a year earlier showed only one stop sign. Translation: Mariemont wasted taxpayer dollars during the worst recession in 75 years.

I got a photo of the nearby US 50 cutout on eastbound US 50 earlier in the year. Later I discovered this ancient cutout on westbound US 50. This is in Mariemont on the west side of the town's center square. US 50 is actually straight ahead, with the wide median.

The historical marker behind the US 50 sign reads: "Ground was broken for Mariemont by Mary M. Emery, the village's founder, on April 23, 1923. This planned community was designed by eminent town planner John Nolen and twenty-five of America's leading architects. As part of the 'garden city movement,' Mariemont was influenced by English models. Mariemont was incorporated July 12, 1941, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 24, 1979." That marker does not mention Mariemont's racial exclusion policy that lasted for decades - which unfortunately was also instituted by most other American suburbs of the 20th century.

Northeast on US 50 in Terrace Park. We're about to go under what used to be a rail line. The rail line is now the Little Miami Scenic Trail.

US 50 uses this bridge over the Little Miami River in Milford. Here we leave Hamilton County and enter Clermont County. Milford straddles the county line.

Continuing through Milford on US 50. We're on Main Street approaching Garfield Avenue.

Still in Milford, this is north on Milford Parkway, approaching the bridge over the East Fork River. Milford Parkway is a fairly new road, but it was initially designed to bypass downtown Milford and serve as a new US 50 for several miles to the west. That never came to be.

After a gap of many miles, we return to Kentucky, and there'll still be some surprises to come. But for now, feast them peepers on this ramp from I-275 to the AA Highway (KY 9) in Wilder. In the background is I-275 where it goes over the Licking River - a stretch that opened around 1976.

Southeast on the AA Highway, going under Murnan Road in Cold Spring. The US 27 junction is the only freeway-style interchange from the AA to another surface road. It is labeled exit 14 because the mileposts reset at each county line.

"PREPARE TO STOP WHEN FLASHING." Or, since we're getting closer to Brossart, those signs should say, "PREPARE TO PLOP WHEN FLASHING." This is further on the AA Highway, approaching the relatively new KY 709 near Alexandria.

Still on the AA, it's more preparing to plop. Since this is at mile marker 11, we must be approaching Poplar Ridge Road in Alexandria.

We took KY 154 east from the AA Highway in Pendleton County. Here, we just disembarked from the AA.

Yes, this is KY 154.

So's this. This is actually not atypical for rural state routes in Kentucky.

This is also KY 154. By this time, we're probably going west again.

KY 154 crosses KY 10 at the unincorporated hamlet of Peach Grove. ("Movin' to the country, gonna eat a lot of peaches..." Somehow I don't think that song was about Peach Grove.) It does kind of a traffic island type of thing.

KY 154 does improve a little bit once we cross KY 10.

After reentering the right-wing southern half of Campbell County, this is northwest on KY 154, approaching its terminus at US 27 near Grants Lick.

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