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Officials Preach Caution at I-471, Taylor Mill Rd. Construction Zones

In the fall of 2010, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet began the “Revive the Drive – NKY,” a wide-ranging initiative to make needed bridge and highway repairs and improvements across Northern Kentucky’s Interstate 71, Interstate 75, Interstate 275 and Interstate 471.  There is only one remaining section left to complete the $190 million rehabilitation project: I-471 southbound in Campbell County.

Eaton Asphalt Paving Co. Inc. and Subsidiary was awarded the $51 million contract.  The same company completed the I-471 NB section last year.  The goal will be the same for the SB side, removing the original late 1970s concrete pavement and replacing it with asphalt. 

More than 100,000 vehicles daily use the 5.7 mile corridor called I-471. 

Crews have been installing barrier walls for a traffic shift that must be in place for the start of construction, which began Friday.  For most of the project, traffic will be reduced to two lanes, which will cause significant delays.

“Remembering the traffic impacts from last year, we are asking commuters to find alternate ways to travel and, if possible, avoid this work zone altogether,” said Rob Hans, chief district engineer of the Covington Highway District of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).

Contractors plan to work around the clock to remove deteriorated concrete from three lanes, shoulders and all exit and entrance ramps. Work also includes repairing and replacing the roadway surfaces of bridge decks along the corridor at U.S. 27, Chesapeake, Sixth Street and the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge.  Guardrails and lighting will also be improved. In addition, a second ramp lane from I-471 SB lane to I-275 WB will be added. 

Please be mindful that the speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph in the I-471 construction zone in Campbell County and the double-fine zone will be strictly enforced. 

“Please pay extra attention when you are entering construction work zones,” said Bob Hill, the District 6 Work Zone Safety Coordinator.  “Last year there were three fatalities in our work zones and that was three too many.”

Four of every five victims in a work zone crash are motorists, not highway workers, which is why it is particularly important for drivers to remain alert while driving through work zones.

Construction on the southbound lanes of I-471 will be completed by the end of this year.

Other road construction work zones to mention:

  1. KY 16 (Taylor Mill Road) Widening and Realignment Project in Kenton County – Currently in progress from Klette Road to I-275.
  1. KY 237 (Camp Ernst Road) in Boone County – The second phase of the widening and realignment KY 237.  This work zone is from Rogers Lane to KY 18.

There are several ways to get updated “Revive the Drive – NKY” interstate rehabilitation and other District 6 road construction information:

KYTC District 6 project information will be available on http://transportation.ky.gov/revive-the-drive/.

Go to 511.ky.gov website.  Check this site before leaving home or office to see how the “Revive the Drive – NKY” interstate projects affect your commute.  Know before you go and plan accordingly.

Road construction season typically is April through November but work is always weather dependent.

Traffic congestion and backups are unavoidable.  KYTC reminds local commuters and travelers to do their part and plan accordingly, check for updates, schedules and closures.  Avoid the construction work zones if possible and take alternate routes.  But most of all be patient and remember that the end result will bring improved driving conditions, added safety, and routine maintenance that is crucial for the interstate infrastructure of Northern Kentucky.

District 6 Road Report:

 

I-471 SB FROM THE DANIEL CARTER BEARD BRIDGE/OHIO RIVER IN CAMPBELL COUNTY TO US 27 in Highland Heights - REVIVE THE DRIVE – NKY

·         Preparatory work in advance of traffic changes for construction activities is continuing on I-471 SB. Traffic maybe restricted to two lanes from 5:00 AM to 2:00 PM. 

·         Beginning at 7:00 PM on Friday, April 12th through 7:00 PM on Saturday, April 13th, traffic will be restricted to one lane as crews install lane markings for new traffic patterns.  After this work is completed, traffic will be in a shifted position with both shoulders closed throughout the limits of the project. Traffic will be maintained in three lanes during peak periods but maybe reduced to two lanes of traffic from 5:00 AM to 2:00 PM daily.  Traffic maybe furthered reduced to a single lane during nighttime periods. This traffic pattern will continue until further notice.

·         Work is being performed along the I-471 SB ramp to I-275 WB. Traffic should use caution in this area and watch for construction vehicles entering and leaving the roadway along this ramp.

·         Traffic may encounter flagging operations with short delays on Three Mile Road at the I-275 overpass as part of the work being performed in the area adjacent to Three Mile Road.

·         Expect delays until this project is completed later this year.

·         Use caution when traveling through the project and watch for slowed or stopped traffic. Watch for construction vehicles entering and leaving traffic throughout the work zone. The speed limit is reduced to 55 mph through the construction zone and will be enforced.

I-275 WB AT THE I-471 INTERCHANGE in Campbell County - REVIVE THE DRIVE – NKY

·         Lane closures will occur in the right lane on I-275 WB between the I-471 interchange and 3-Mile Road until further notice. These closures are due to the work being performed on the I-471 project.  Motorists should use caution in this area and watch for construction vehicles entering and leaving the roadway from the shoulder.

·         Traffic may encounter flagging operations with short delays on Three Mile Road at the I-275 overpass as part of the work being performed in the area adjacent to Three Mile Road.                             

I-275 (MP 77 to MP 82.4) IN KENTON COUNTY REVIVE THE DRIVE – NKY Interstate Bridges Painting Project

·         Norfolk Southern Railroad over I-275 (M.P. 83.08 @ I-275 Bridge Painting Project) – Until further notice, the WB right lane is closed between Exit 82 (US 25 – Dixie Highway) and Exit 84 (I-75 interchange) for bridge painting. Watch for lane shifts in the area. The second right lane will also be closed nightly from 10:00 pm until 6:00 am the following morning during this period.  Please watch for construction traffic entering and leaving the roadway.    

·         I-275 WB over KY 177, CSX RR & Licking River MP.77.64 @ I-275 Bridge Painting Project) – Friday and Monday night, April 12 and April 15, 2013, the WB & EB left lane will be closed from 10 pm to 6 am the following morning. This closure is for removal of fill used to park equipment at the ends of the bridge in the median. Please watch for flaggers, traffic control devices and construction traffic entering and leaving the roadway.

·         On KY 17 at I-275 – Please use caution in this area as workers are present and watch for construction traffic entering and leaving the roadway.

 

KENTON COUNTY

·         KY 8 (River Road) – Slide repairs continue on KY 8 between KY 371 (Amsterdam Road) and KY 1072 (Sleepy Hollow Road) from the 0 – 3.9 mile-marker. The road will be closed to thru traffic 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM, during week days until work is complete.   Local traffic will be maintained.  Westbound traffic should take Sleepy Hollow (KY 1072) as a detour and Eastbound traffic should take Amsterdam Road (KY 371). 

·         KY 1303 (Turkeyfoot Road) from College Park Drive to I-275 – Construction operations have ceased for the winter.  Work is scheduled to resume in spring 2013.

·         Taylor Mill Road – Southern End - KY 16 (From Sunbrite Drive to Klette Road) - Construction continues on Taylor Mill Road (KY 16) between Sunbrite Drive and Klette Road.  Traffic patterns have been shifted to a different alignment on the new pavement.  Access for Maple Road will be via a combined access point at Laurel Road, directly across from Hands Pike. Use caution and watch for flaggers and construction traffic entering and leaving the roadway. The speed limit throughout the project is reduced to 30 MPH.

·         Taylor Mill Road – Middle Section - KY 16 (From Sunbrite to Blackstone) – Work to connect the North and South End of KY 16 has begun.  At this time most operations will be off the highway and no access points have changed.  It is important for motorists to use caution and watch for construction traffic that may enter and exit the roadway.

·         Taylor Mill Road - Northern End - KY 16 (From Blackstone to I-275) - Taylor Creek Drive and Old Taylor Mill Road are open to traffic.  In order to access Scott High School, Woodland Middle School or Floral Hills Cemetery, motorists may take KY 16 south to the Old Taylor Mill Road south entrance or they may use the new section of roadway to Old Taylor Mill Road.  Sandmann Drive is permanently closed at the BP station and at The Farm Apartments.   The new route to KY 16 can be accessed by Honeysuckle Drive, Honey Road and Old Taylor Mill Road. Motorists will have access to all businesses in the area.  Please watch for flaggers and for trucks entering and leaving the highway.  Limited road work until spring 2013.

 

BOONE-KENTON COUNTIES

·         Industrial Road (KY 1829) from Dixie Highway (US 25) to Turkeyfoot Road (KY 1303) – Except for off-road work, construction operations on this project have ceased for the winter.  Motorists are advised that the speed limit is 35 MPH through this area.  Final surfacing will be in the spring 2013.

BOONE COUNTY

·         I-275 (7.138 mile-marker) Boone County – Monday, April 15th through Thursday, April 18th 2013, the KYTC District 6 will be conducting a bridge inspection on the KY-237 bridge over I-275 (Hebron Exit).  Westbound and Eastbound lane closures will be in place from 9am – 3:00pm.  Motorist should be aware of crews and equipment.

·         KY 20 (Mile Hill Road) from 19.7 - 20.7 marker – KY 20 will be closed to thru traffic until further notice.  The closed section is in between KY 8 and KY 212 (Airport Connector).  A signed detour will be in place for motorists to take KY 2846 (Tanner Road) to KY 237 (Northbend Road) to I-275 EB to Exit 4, KY 212 (Airport Connector). 

·         KY 20 (Petersburg-Idlewild Road) at the 8.1 marker – Work has begun on another slide repair on KY 20 located at the 8.1 mile-marker, which is near Woolper Road.  Crews will work during the hours of 8 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Saturday, weather permitting.  Motorists are advised to use caution when travelling through this area.  Watch for flaggers, trucks and equipment entering and leaving the work zone.  Repair is expected to take approximately 2 weeks.

·         Camp Ernst Road (KY 237) from Rogers Lane to Golf Club Drive – As construction begins on this project, please watch for flaggers and for trucks entering and leaving the highway.  Expect minor delays.

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