Expect traffic headaches on northbound I-71/75 in Northern Kentucky this weekend

Workers switching lanes Friday through Sunday
Posted at 5:50 AM, Sep 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-17 10:33:19-04

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. – Drivers in Northern Kentucky are used to delays by now with the ongoing reconstruction of I-71/75, but it'll be even worse this weekend with only one northbound lane in operation.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is warning commuters that, beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, traffic will be reduced to the one northbound express lane for the traffic switch. 

The two right lanes on the northbound side that have been closed for repaving are now complete, so workers will reopen them and then close the left two lanes. The express lane that runs north along I-71/75 southbound will remain in place.

They expect to complete the switch by 6 a.m Monday. Dixie Highway or KY-17 would both be suitable replacements to taking the interstate north during the closures.

"I would avoid it or try to find alternate routes," said Nancy Wood from KYTC. "If you are going to use it, know that you're going to be delayed."

Short-term intermittent ramp closures may be also encountered during overnight hours on the ramps from I-275 EB to I-75 NB and the exit and entrance ramps at Buttermilk Pike. Drivers should exercise extreme caution and watch for traffic control devices, flaggers, construction personnel and equipment entering and leaving the work zone. 

More than 77,000 vehicles use this section of I-71/75 northbound daily, according to Kentucky transportation officials. The entire project is expected to be completed by November.