road construction

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If you're traveling I-71 through the Greater Cincinnati area this weekend, plan ahead. The Ohio Department of Transportation is planning some roadwork.

Work on the Memorial Parkway bridge over I-471 between Newport and Bellevue is scheduled to begin Monday, May 16. The work will prompt a 60-day closure beginning June 20.

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Northern Kentucky hasn't had a road construction worker killed in a work zone since 2003; and the Kentucky Transportation Department would like to keep it that way.

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Update 12/14/15 3:47 p.m.:

The full closure of southbound I-75 scheduled for Monday, Dec. 14 has been canceled.

Update 5 p.m.:

The full closure of southbound I-75 scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 10, has been canceled. The closure is rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 11, beginning at 11 p.m.

Original Post: A portion of southbound I-75 will be closed overnight Thursday and Friday for bridge work. A second full closure is set for the following Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. A segment of Elm St. in Over-the-Rhine will also be closed all day Thursday and Friday.

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This white van, equipped with high-tech equipment just spent three weeks mapping 940 miles of Cincinnati streets. The data it collected will help the city prioritize street resurfacing projects.

Bridge reconstruction is expected to tie up traffic on I-275 for the next seven months.  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is overseeing the $6.7 million project on the Carroll Cropper Bridge between Kentucky and Indiana.

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If you're heading into Downtown this weekend, plan accordingly.

Northbound I-71 is slated to be closed between Reading Rd/Gilbert Ave and Dana this weekend. The closure begins at 10 p.m. Friday, April 17. The highway will reopen around 6 a.m. Monday, April 20.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has a busy year ahead.  Acting District 8 deputy director Gary Middleton announced the beginning of the construction season Monday afternoon.

“To many Ohioans, construction season means orange barrels and potential delays,” Middleton says.  “However construction season means more than that.  It’s an investment in our state’s transportation system that is vital to our economy and vital to job creation in Ohio.”

Construction continues on the I-75 / Hopple St. interchange continues overnight beginning Wednesday evening. Here are the details from the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Work at the I-75/Hopple interchange will require the following closures this week:

·         Various lane closures on Marshall Avenue and side streets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

·         Single left lane closure on southbound I-75 from 7 p.m. to midnight Wednesday, Jan. 28.  

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The off-ramp overpass that fell onto the southbound lanes of I-75 Monday night did not cause a lot of damage to the highway. 

That doesn't surprise Andrew Hermann, past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, who has been following the story.  But he says the fact that the span did fall was surprising.

“Generally, they have demolition plans where they try to take into account all the possibilities as they’re taking down a bridge, to do it safely," Hermann said.  "So it was very surprising to hear that it collapsed."

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