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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.

Mark Heyne / WVXU News

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.

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