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.
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.