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Texas Turnaround: Permanent Closure of Entrance Ramp Topic of Open House

The forthcoming installation of a "Texas turnaround" in Covington to access I-71/75 is the topic of an open house hosted by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The River City News reported in May that Covington's Fourth Street entrance ramp to the highway would close permanently in favor of the turnaround that would lead motorists from 4th Street to Pike Street where the interstate could be accessed.

KYTC said the project would improve safety and reduce congestion on the approach to the Brent Spence Bridge, where drivers who wish to proceed on northbound I-75 at the split with 71 have to merge two lanes over to the left, often in heavy traffic.

KYTC's District 6 office is hosting the open house at its headquarters, 421 Buttermilk Pike in Ft. Mitchell, on Tuesday, August 13, from 3 to 6 p.m. The event will feature exhibits and KYTC staff and the design consultant, Stantec Engineers.

The Texas turnaround is described as a u-turn off an interstate with a dedicated lane that routes traffic back to the highway.

Motorists accessing northbound I-71/75 from Fourth Street in Covington will be directed to the southbound I-71/I-75 entrance ramp at Fourth Street. There, traffic would exit at Pike Street, make a u-turn movement in a new dedicated lane beneath the interstate and then merge with the current Pike Street entrance ramp for northbound I-71/75.

Once the project is complete, the existing northbound ramp to I-71/I-75 will be restricted to traffic, except for emergency responders.

-Staff report