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Southbound Interstate 71 traffic switch scheduled
to begin Wednesday, Sept. 14
 
Hamilton County (Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016) – Pavement work on southbound Interstate 71 just north of the Lytle Tunnel will require a traffic switch beginning tomorrow.
 
In order to prepare for this switch, the left lane of southbound I-71 will be closed from approximately Gilbert/Reading (Exit 2) to just before the Lytle Tunnel from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13. In addition, access from East Liberty Street to southbound I-471 will be closed from midnight Wednesday, Sept. 14 until 5 a.m. Thursday.
 
Once complete, southbound I-71 traffic will be shifted to the northbound lanes just south of I-471, returning to the southbound side just north of the Lytle Tunnel. This switch is to prepare for bridge deck(s) replacement just north of the Lytle Tunnel that carry southbound I-71 over Eggleston Drive, Butler Street and I-471.
 
During this time, the northbound I-71 entrance ramp from Second Street will remain closed. The detour uses Main Street, Fifth Street and I-71. Additionally, the Third Street ramp from southbound I-71 remains closed with the detour using Gilbert Avenue, East Eighth Street, Sycamore Street and Third Street.
 
Arrow boards and/or signs will be in place to alert motorists of the upcoming work zone and traffic switch. All work is dependent upon weather.
 
To help ensure the safety of the construction workers as well as the traveling public, motorists should remain alert, reduce their speed and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zone.
 
For ongoing traffic, construction and weather-related information, please check www.OHGO.com.
 
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The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset--the transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.
 
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.
 
For more information contact:
Brian Cunningham, Communications Manager, at (513) 933-6517
Liz Lyons, Public Information Specialist, at (513) 933-6534
or email D08.PIO@dot.ohio.gov