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Traffic switch on northbound I-75 to take place this weekend
Hamilton County (Friday, April 19, 2013)  - Work to reconstruct and improve the Interstate 75/Hopple Street interchange will require a traffic switch for northbound I-75.
The switch will shift northbound I-75 traffic east onto the outside/east shoulder of I-75 between the Western Hills Viaduct and the I-75/Hopple interchange. The exit to Hopple Street from northbound I-75 will remain in the same configuration as it exists today.  The geometrics for the on-ramp from the Western Hills Viaduct and Winchell Avenue to northbound I-75 will change slightly as the two ramps merge to enter northbound I-75.  Signage will be in place to alert motorists of the geometric change for this ramp to northbound I-75.
To implement this traffic switch, the following work will take place beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20:
·         A single lane closure on northbound I-75 from south of the Harrison Avenue exit to north of the Hopple Street exit from 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20 to noon Sunday, April 21. A double lane closure will follow, beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday.
·         The ramp from the eastbound Western Hills Viaduct to northbound I-75 will be closed from 10 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Sunday.
·         The ramp from northbound I-75 to the westbound Western Hills Viaduct will be closed from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday.
·         The ramp from Winchell Avenue to northbound I-75 will be closed from 10 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Sunday.
·         The ramp from northbound I-75 to Hopple Street will remain open.
 
Through the week of April 22, work to build crossovers and set temporary barrier wall will require various lane closures on north and southbound I-75, beginning at 8 p.m. On the evenings that a Cincinnati Reds baseball game is scheduled, southbound closures will begin one-hour after the posted start of a baseball game and northbound closures will begin one hour after the end of the game.
 
In addition through the week, flagging operations will be in place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on various side streets to accommodate staging of equipment and delivery of materials. A single lane closure on Bates Avenue may be in place between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., as well.
Arrow boards and signs are in place prior to the work zone to alert motorists of the upcoming lane closures.
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.