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Ramp closures delayed for 'Texas Turnaround' construction in NKY

Courtesy of KYTC

If your commute runs through Northern Kentucky, you might be dealing with some detours in the near future.

The entrance ramp to I-71/75 northbound from Pike St., and the exit ramp from I-71/75 northbound to 5th St., will close soon fora project to improve safety and access for traffic heading north into Ohio from Covington. The goal is to give drivers more time to move to their intended lane.

As of last week, the closures were expected to begin at 9 p.m. Monday, but that same day, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said in a release the ramps will remain open for the time being. A new closure date is expected later this week.

When that time comes, travel lanes on I-71/75 northbound will be restriped to provide an additional lane from Pike St. to the Brent Spence Bridge. The bridge that carries traffic from I-71/75 northbound to 5th St. will be reconfigured to accommodate the new traffic pattern.

Upgraded traffic signals will be installed for local traffic at Pike Street. Various safety features, including crosswalks and new sidewalks, will be built for pedestrians in the Pike St. area.

The existing entrance ramp from 4th St. in downtown Covington to I-71/75 northbound will be permanently closed once construction is complete. The scheduled completion date is Dec. 1. Construction is expected to cost $8.8 million.

The term "Texas Turnaround" gets its name from the state's travel pattern that helps traffic move more efficiently through busy highway interchange areas.

Updated: April 4, 2022 at 1:52 PM EDT
This story has be updated to reflect the delay announced Monday, April 4.
Cory Sharber attended Murray State University majoring in journalism and political science and comes to Cincinnati Public Radio from NPR Member station WKMS.