Work starts Monday on 2-year I-275 project

CINCINNATI -- Work started Monday on a $31 million construction project along a busy stretch of Interstate 275.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is repaving four twin bridges between Four Mile Road and the Combs-Hehl Bridge, which connects Ohio to Kentucky near Coney Island, Riverbend Music Center and Belterra Park.

Both the eastbound and westbound lanes are affected.

Crews started constructing temporary lighting and pavement this week. Drivers will notice shoulder closures between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., in the stretch between Four Mile and Beechmont Avenue.

Starting in mid-June, drivers will have to share the opposite side of the highway with oncoming traffic in a contraflow configuration. That starts near Sutton Road and continues through the Kentucky side of the Combs-Hehl Bridge.

Then in November, the next phase of the contraflow configuration will be implemented until late spring or early summer 2019.

The entire project should be complete by late August 2020.

Aside from normal weekday traffic, the eastbound lanes frequently become backed up near Kellogg when major acts play Riverbend -- so anyone attending a concert should plan ahead.

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