I-71/US 36 Safety Project
ODOT completed a safety project in November 2012 to improve safety and reduce congestion at the interchange. The improvements address the short-term frequency and length of queues extending from the interchange ramps onto mainline I-71. Traffic projections estimate volumes will more than double in the next 20 years. The burden of these volumes, combined with the anticipated economic development of this region, will be focused on the only interstate access in a 22 mile stretch, the I-71 and US 36/SR 37 interchange. Because of its regional importance, it is critical that this interchange operate in an efficient manner to serve the growing transportation needs of the area.
The 2012 safety project included:
- Dual left and dual right turn lanes on the northbound and southbound exit ramp approaches to US 36/SR 37.
- Eastbound right turn lane on US 36/SR 37 at the southbound I-71 on-ramp intersection (in front of McDonalds).
- Westbound right turn lane on US 36/SR 37 at the northbound I-71 on-ramp intersection (in front of Flying J).
- Existing bridge deck re-striped to accommodate six-lane section with side-by-side, single left turn lanes.
- Extension of the single, left turn lane on US 36/SR 37 at the ramp intersections across the adjacent ramp intersection (east and westbound directions).
- Removable curb/median from the access road (Shell/BP drives) to just east of the McDonald’s drive and also from the I-71 northbound ramps to just west of the Flying J and Pilot signal to manage access.
- Rear access road from Flying J to Wilson Road in order to maintain full access for truck traffic destined for the Flying J site.
- Upgraded traffic signals within project limits for better signal timing and efficiency.
- Traffic signal at Wilson Road and US 36/SR 37 intersection.