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Friday, October 18, 2013

I-471 Construction to Continue into November, Last Major Delays This Weekend




by PAT LaFLEUR
City Reporter, Fort Thomas Matters

Northern Kentucky drivers can expect another few weeks of construction crews along I-471 SB, but this weekend should present the last of the major traffic restrictions and closures.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 Office (KTCD6) outlined on Wednesday a number of significant traffic restrictions that will extend down I-471 SB from Grand Ave. to US 27. These closures come as construction crews prepare to complete the highway's final resurfacing this weekend, which has been ongoing for the past two weekends. 

Here's a run-down of what to expect as we go into this weekend:

  • Beginning 10 PM Friday evening until 6 AM Monday morning, I-471 SB will be reduced to a single lane starting at Grand Ave. (Exit 3), extending through to the US 27 intersection in Highland Heights.
  • At Exit 1 (I-275/I-471 interchange), traffic in the RIGHT lane may exit at Exit 1B to I-275 WB, or continue through toward US 27 in Highland Heights. Traffic in the LEFT lane, however, must exit at Exit 1A (I-275 EB). Shoulders in this area will be closed, and the speed limit will be reduced to 45 MPH.  
  • Beginning at 8 PM Friday evening and extending until Sunday morning, traffic will be reduced to a single lane on I-275 WB at the I-275/I-471 interchange, a closure that will extend for approximately one-half mile.
  • Entrance ramps from I-275, WB and EB, to I-471 SB and US 27 may experience periodic closures throughout the weekend.
To prepare for these traffic conditions, the KTCD6 encourages all drivers to seek alternate routes, as long delays will be apparent throughout the I-471 corridor, and to watch for traffic control devices, equipment, and crews along the work zone. Speed laws will be enforced.

According to Nancy Wood, spokesperson for KTCD6, the final resurfacing phase will be followed by two to three weeks of miscellaneous finalization/clean-up efforts, which will include re-seeding of affected grassy areas, any subsequent repairs to barrier walls, and residual striping and signage replacement. Some but not all of the striping and signage work has already been completed.

"And this is, of course, weather permitting," Wood added. This weekend's weather forecast calls for rain on Saturday, but clear skies on Sunday.

The original contract for the I-471 SB resurfacing project estimated heavy roadwork through the end of November. Last year's phase, along I-471 NB, finished ahead of schedule.

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