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A Hamilton County road that's been closed for more than a year should have construction begin in a few months. Flood waters from a nearby creek washed out Van Blaricum Road between Cleves Warsaw and South Road, after an Easter Sunday storm in 2017.

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Show of hands, who's excited to see those beautiful orange barrels rolling out on Tristate highways and byways?

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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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Update 1/20/15 2:51 p.m.: ODOT says the field investigation has concluded, and the clean up operations have started.  In a press release, ODOT says debris removal is expected to take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours.  After that, inspectors will look at the southbound lanes of I-75 to see if any repairs are needed. 

Update 01/20/15, 12:45 p.m.: The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the City of Cincinnati have released new information about Monday night's overpass collapse on southbound I-75.  

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  With the holiday season out of the way, contractors are again laying track for the Cincinnati streetcar. 

And this weekend, they will close a major Downtown intersection.  6th Street will be closed at Walnut, starting at 6 p.m. Friday.  And it will stay closed until about 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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Updated update:

Hamilton County (Monday, Dec. 8, 2014) – The full closure of southbound I-75 between the SR 562 and Mitchell Avenue interchanges is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 9, Thursday, Dec. 11 and Friday, Dec. 12.

Closures for the railroad bridge replacement project are as follows:

Monday, Dec. 8

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Work is already underway on the new Martin Luther King interchange with I-71. On Thursday, state and local officials gathered at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to tout the project's benefits.

Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray praised the way local and state governments came together to fund and fast-track the project.

"What we are setting in motion today is going to change the transportation landscape in the greater Cincinnati  are forever," says Wray.

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If you'll be driving southbound this weekend, plan your route carefully. I-71 southbound between Dana Avenue and Taft Road will be closed from 10 o'clock Friday night until 5 a.m. Monday.

Ohio Department of Transportation spokeswoman Sharon Smigielski says crews are taking down a railroad bridge to make way for the new Martin Luther King/I-71 interchange. To expedite the process, the highway will be shutdown while crews drop sections of the overpass onto the highway.

Road construction on the Cincinnati riverfront will close eastbound Freedom Way from Rosa Parks Street to Elm Street starting Wednesday morning and continuing through July 24th.  Traffic in the westbound direction will not be affected.

A press release said the partial closure will allow work crews to remove and replace the existing sidewalk and pavement at Freedom Way and Race Street.  The project includes modifying expansion joints and installing a permanent railing.

The Ohio Department of Transportation wants to know if there's a demand for noise reducing barrier walls to be built along I-75 from Galbraith Road to the northern end of the Lockland Split.

Here's the information from ODOT:

Get ready for more road work this weekend in northern Kentucky, but this time it won’t be on southbound 471.

Starting Friday evening at 8 o’clock, westbound 275 will be reduced to a single lane near the interchange with 471.  The half mile closure will allow crews to restore the normal traffic configuration on that part of the interstate.  The work is expected to be complete by Sunday morning.

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Get ready for another weekend of traffic delays on Southbound 471 in northern Kentucky. 
Starting Friday evening, work crews will once again be working on the final pavement surface as a major reconstruction project begins to come to an end. 

Starting at 10 p.m. Friday south 471 from near Grand Avenue to the U.S. 27 intersection in Highland Heights will be reduced to a single lane until Monday at 6 a.m.
 
Entrance and exit ramps may also be shutdown as pavement is placed in front of the ramps. 

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If you work in downtown Cincinnati and drive home in the evening on southbound 471 get ready for delays next week or select another route for your commute. 

Construction crews are ready to start work on resurfacing the Daniel Carter Beard, or Big Mac, bridge. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokeswoman Nancy Wood said that will mean ramp closures and restrictions on the Ohio side of bridge starting Friday at 7 p.m.  Those this will continue through early August.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is officially making it every driver's favorite time of year by kicking off construction season Wednesday.

The state is working on nearly a thousand projects totaling an estimated $2.3 billion.

Camp Washington Business Association Executive Director Joe Gorman says his community is excited about plans to upgrade the Hopple Street - I-75 interchange.