Sunday, October 24, 1999

Major roads closed this weekend

Fort Washington Way reopening Monday

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Fort Washington Way is closed so construction crews can make the final connections to open half of the new downtown Cincinnati expressway Monday.

Map of Fort Washington Way
        By 5 a.m. Monday, four new lanes of the eventual eight-lane highway are scheduled to open to eastbound and westbound traffic. It will be the first time the 25,000 daily westbound commuters have been able to use the highway since April 30.

        With the switch, two exit ramps were closed permanently Friday night:

        • The ramp from eastbound Fort Washington Way to Pete Rose Way.

        • The ramp from Levee Way to eastbound U.S. 50 and Interstate 471.

        Drivers can use ramps to I-471 and eastbound U.S. 50 at the eastern end of Fifth Street. Without the Pete Rose Way ramp, drivers can get into downtown Cincinnati by taking the Fifth Street exit from northbound or southbound I-75. Southbound I-75 drivers can also take the Seventh Street or Freeman Avenue exits. Detours are posted.

        Two other major road projects may force changes in your traffic patterns:

        I-75 and I-275 interchange
        Continuing until 5 a.m. Monday:

        • The ramp from westbound I-275 to southbound I-71 is closed. To get to southbound I-71, drivers will need to continue west on I-275 to the Reed Hartman Highway exit, go south on Reed Hartman Highway to the entrance ramp to eastbound I-275. Go east on I-275 to southbound I-71.

        • The ramp from southbound I-71 to eastbound I-275 is closed. To get to eastbound I-275, drivers should continue south on I-71 to Pfeiffer Road, go east on Pfeiffer to the I-71 northbound entrance ramp, go north on I-71 to the eastbound I-275 interchange.

        Also this weekend, southbound I-71 is down to one lane at the Cornell Road overpass so it can be painted.

        Ronald Reagan Highway eastbound
        After morning rush hour Monday, eastbound Ronald Reagan Highway commuters can expect delays similar to those westbound commuters have been experiencing for the past week.

        Eastbound Reagan Highway between Galbraith Road and Interstate 71 will be down to one lane after 9 a.m. Monday. Westbound traffic will have only one lane, too.

        The Ohio Department of Transportation decided to start repairs on the eastbound lanes more than a week earlier than originally planned. The goal: Finish construction on the eastbound and westbound lanes in 21 days rather than 30 days.

        Crews started repairing deteriorated sections of pavement and laying 13/4 inches of asphalt over the westbound lanes Monday. They planned to take 15 days to finish that, then start on the eastbound lanes for 15 days.

        But traffic delays on the westbound lanes this week and a better chance for the 50-degree weather needed to put down the asphalt led to the new plan to work on both sides of the road at the same time.

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