Lanes open ahead of schedule on I-71/75 in Northern Kentucky

Lanes open ahead of schedule on I-71/75 in Northern Kentucky
Posted at 9:35 AM, Sep 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-17 10:33:52-04

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. -- Kentucky transportation officials warned that driving on Interstate 75/71 would be a headache this weekend.

Turns out, it might not be so bad.

A repaving project meant only one northbound lane would be open Saturday and Sunday, according to a schedule released earlier this week.

But by 8 a.m. Saturday, crews were already ahead of that timeline, with two northbound lanes open to traffic. A third lane was expected to be open by noon.

Nancy Wood, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, also said nearby ramps -- eastbound and westbound I-275 and to northbound I-71/75, as well as the Buttermilk Pike entrance and exit ramps -- also were open Saturday morning.

"Crews are already breaking up the pavement on the old section," she said.

The stretch of interstate remains under construction -- so 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.