COVINGTON, Ky. — Significant delays are expected on Interstate 275 as crews gear up to begin a total pavement rehabilitation project starting at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Work on the $31.3 million project will take place in two phases on the three-mile stretch between Dixie Highway and Turfway Road, just east of the Mineola Pike exit. The second phase will continue well into 2020.
Several ramps will be included in this project, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
“We realize this is a bit of a good news/bad news scenario,” said Bob Yeager, chief district engineer for KYTC District 6. “In the long-term, we know that new pavement on this heavily-traveled section of I-275 will provide smoother and safer travel for all who drive this section of the interstate, and drivers will be pleased with these improvements. But we also realize that during construction, travel delays may be significant.”
Contractors will replace deteriorating concrete in the lanes and shoulders with new concrete. Traffic patterns will shift as the project progresses.
Below is a timeline for the project:
The eastbound lanes will be paved in 2019 and construction is expected to continue until November. The following ramps will be impacted:
- I-275 eastbound to I-75 northbound/southbound
- I-275 eastbound exit to Dixie Highway
- I-75 northbound ramp to I-275 eastbound
Westbound I-275 between Dixie Highway and Turfway Road will be paved in 2020. That construction is expected to begin next spring or summer and continue for the remainder of the year. The following ramps will be impacted:
- I-275 westbound ramp to I-75 southbound
- I-275 westbound entrance from Dixie Highway
- I-75 southbound ramp to I-275 westbound
More than 120,000 drivers use this section of I-275 everyday, KYTC said.
KYTC recently introduced DrivingNKYProgress.org to help drivers navigate through and around major construction projects in northern Kentucky.