I-71/75 project to cause delays in NKY

Posted at 5:24 PM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 21:18:26-04

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. – A $15 million reconstruction project on Interstates 71/75 and Interstate 275 in Northern Kentucky has been postponed by a week because of weather.

As part of a pavement replacement project, northbound lanes of I-71/75 will be shifted onto the southbound side between Kyles Lane and Donaldson Road. Kentucky transportation officials this “will have major impacts to southbound travel time” and advised drivers to find alternate routes.

Officials expect the southbound lanes to be reopened by 5 a.m. June 13, depending on the weather. There will also be off-peak lane closures during the week.

Additionally, there will be lane restrictions on eastbound I-275 at Exit 84 to northbound I-71/75 between 10 p.m. June 10 and 5 a.m. June 13. Officials advised drivers to expect delays and “exercise extreme caution” in the work zone.

“We’d like to urge people to pay attention to their surroundings and the speed limits that are posted throughout the city, because Fort Mitchell’s a pretty active city,” Specialist Michael Gross said.

Chief Daniel Kreinest said tractor-trailer drivers might want to avoid detouring down Kyles Lane.

"HIghland is a decent road and is built to modern standards," he said. "Kyles Lane is a much older road and it is not."

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.