Saturday, July 22, 2000

Roadwork closing part of I-75 tonight

Bridge construction to reroute traffic

By James Pilcher
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Interstate 75 southbound will be closed from the Freeman Avenue exit to the Sixth Street viaduct for eight hours Sunday starting at midnight to finish a connection to the reconfigured Fort Washington Way.

        The highway is being closed to allow workers to finish construction of a bridge and is the second weekend closure of a section of one of the city's interstates in two weeks.

        “We're taking out the false deck and finishing concrete work. ... That bridge runs over I-75, and we don't want anything to fall into traffic,” said Jeff Wallace, a spokesman for Parsons Brinckerhoff, which is overseeing the $314 million project for the city.

        Last Sunday, I-71/75 northbound was closed from midnight to 8 a.m. to allow for lane changes on the Brent Spence Bridge.

        Central Avenue will be closed today between Pete Rose Way and Third Street from 6 a.m. until about 11 a.m. Southbound Central Avenue will reopen by 11 a.m. and northbound Central Avenue will reopen by the end of the Reds game today.

        And I-71 southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane at Fort Washington Way between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. today and then again Wednesday so work can be done on the north trench wall.

        The main portion of the project — the redesigned connection between I-71/75 and I-71 on the east side of downtown — is slated to open in mid-August, with the reconfigured Third Street and a new Second Street also scheduled to open sometime next month.

        Mr. Wallace added that the new connection between U.S. 50 east and Fort Washington Way should be open by next Friday, as a result of Sunday's work, while the new exit ramp off I-75 onto Fifth Street should also open by Friday.

        Tonight, traffic will be rerouted south on Freeman Avenue to U.S. 50 east, meaning drivers will veer right off the interstate. They will be directed to the junction with U.S. 50, where they will again veer right and loop around. The detour will reconnect with I-75 in less than half a mile.


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