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I-471 SB is the last piece that will complete the Revive the Drive – NKY
COVINGTON, Ky. – In the fall of 2010, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet began the “Revive the Drive – NKY,” a wide-ranging initiative to make needed bridge and highway repairs and improvements across Northern Kentucky’s Interstate 71, Interstate 75, Interstate 275 and Interstate 471. There is only one remaining section left to complete the $190 million rehabilitation project -- I-471 SB in Campbell County.
Eaton Asphalt Paving Co. Inc. and Subsidiary was awarded the $51 million contract. The same company completed the I-471 NB section last year. The goal will be the same for the SB side, removing the original late 1970s concrete pavement and replacing it with asphalt.
More than 100,000 vehicles daily use the 5.7 mile corridor called I-471.
Crews have been installing barrier walls for a traffic shift that must be in place for the start of construction on Friday, April 12. For most of the project, traffic will be reduced to two lanes, which will cause significant delays.
“Remembering the traffic impacts from last year, we are asking commuters to find alternate ways to travel and, if possible, avoid this work zone altogether,” said Rob Hans, chief district engineer of the Covington Highway District of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).
Contractors plan to work around the clock to remove deteriorated concrete from three lanes, shoulders and all exit and entrance ramps. Work also includes repairing and replacing the roadway surfaces of bridge decks along the corridor at U.S. 27, Chesapeake, Sixth Street and the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge. Guardrails and lighting will also be improved. In addition, a second ramp lane from I-471 SB lane to I-275 WB will be added.
Please be mindful that the speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph in the I-471 construction zone in Campbell County and the double-fine zone will be strictly enforced.
“Please pay extra attention when you are entering construction work zones,” said Bob Hill, the District 6 Work Zone Safety Coordinator. “Last year there were three fatalities in our work zones and that was three too many.”
Four of every five victims in a work zone crash are motorists, not highway workers, which is why it is particularly important for drivers to remain alert while driving through work zones.
Construction on the southbound lanes of I-471 will be completed by the end of this year.
Other road construction work zones to mention:
- KY 16 (Taylor Mill Road) Widening and Realignment Project in Kenton County – Currently in progress from Klette Road to I-275.
- KY 237 (Camp Ernst Road) in Boone County – The second phase of the widening and realignment KY 237. This work zone is from Rogers Lane to KY 18.
There are several ways to get updated “Revive the Drive – NKY” interstate rehabilitation and other District 6 road construction information:
Go to 511.ky.gov website. Check this site before leaving home or office to see how the “Revive the Drive – NKY” interstate projects affect your commute. Know before you go and plan accordingly.
Road construction season typically is April through November but work is always weather dependent.
Traffic congestion and backups are unavoidable. KYTC reminds local commuters and travelers to do their part and plan accordingly, check for updates, schedules and closures. Avoid the construction work zones if possible and take alternate routes. But most of all be patient and remember that the end result will bring improved driving conditions, added safety, and routine maintenance that is crucial for the interstate infrastructure of Northern Kentucky.