There's good news for morning commuters who rely on northbound 471 to get to downtown Cincinnati.
Most of the heavy construction to replace the pavement on the interstate has now been completed.
But Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokeswoman Nancy Wood said that doesn't mean the project is finished.
“But there’s still some odds and ends things that need to be done such as doing some of the rumble strips, putting down the final stripping, doing a little bit of shoulder work, and putting down the reflectors between the lanes,” Wood said. “That may require some lane closures during non-peak times.”
The contractor doing the work has until December 1st to complete it.
Until it's done the speed limit on northbound 471 will be reduced to 55 miles per hour.
Because the work is ahead of schedule, crews may begin some initial work to replace the pavement on the southbound side of the highway.
But Wood said that will be mostly preparation work for next year.
This is the first project to replace the pavement on 471 since the interstate was constructed in the 1970's.