Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Busy I-275 ramps close for repaving

Be ready for series of detours on I-75/71

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ERLANGER — Reconstruction of the busy Donaldson Road interchange should be finished by the end of October. But until then, drivers will have to put up with some temporary ramp closures.

        On Monday, crews shut the ramp from Interstate 275 west to northbound I-75/71 to replace the pavement for the first time since it was built more than 25 years ago, said Greg Kreutzjans, district construction engineer in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Fort Mitchell office.

        The ramp, which handles traffic exiting Northern Kentucky's major east-west corridor, will be shut for at least 30 days, Mr. Kreutzjans said.

        For the next month, westbound I-275 traffic approaching the I-75/71 north ramp will be detoured to I-75/71 south and to exit at Donaldson Road, Mr. Kreutzjans said. Traffic then can turn left to enter northbound I-75/71.

        Another possible detour is to continue on westbound I-275 to Mineola Pike, then turn south on Mineola and take I-275 east back to northbound I-75/71.

        On Aug. 15, crews closed the ramp from I-75/71 south to I-275 east in Erlanger to replace pavement. The ramp to eastbound I-275 is scheduled to reopen on Sept. 17.

        That project includes eliminating one of the three lanes where I-75/71 merges with eastbound I-275 when the ramp reopens next week.

        When highway crews repaved I-275 and I-75/71 at least six years ago, the I-275 ramps were in better shape than most areas, so crews

        sealed cracks and joints then as a stopgap measure, Mr. Kreutzjans said.

        Repaving the ramps was scheduled during the $27.9 million Donaldson interchange reconstruction “to get it all out of the way in one fell swoop,” he said.

        In another change, the left lane of southbound I-75/71 in front of the Showcase Cinemas should reopen the last week of September, Mr. Kreutzjans said.

        “All traffic restrictions in (the Donaldson Road) area should pretty much be gone by the end of October,” he said.


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