I-71/75 Cut in the Hill Safety Project
is the scope of the project?
Pavement repair is taking place on I-71/75 north and southbound between the Brent Spence Bridge and Buttermilk Pk.
Crews are repairing areas of the pavement that have deteriorated and are adding a high friction surface treatment in specific sections of the roadway based on historical accident data.
In addition, repairs to the median wall are being made and upgraded lighting will be installed.
are these improvements taking place?
The section of roadway just south of the Brent Spence Bridge is not only a very high traffic corridor for both local and commercial traffic, but the natural terrain itself can sometimes make driving conditions more challenging, especially during inclement weather and peak travel times.
Truck traffic heading southbound climbing the hill often moves at a much slower speed than other traffic. The significant difference in speed between trucks and cars on this section of road is one factor that can lead to congestion or crashes.
Adding high friction treatment in specific areas that have higher incident rates is expected to help drivers safely slow their speed when traffic becomes congested or the roadway is wet as a result of a rain or snow event.
All other areas within the project limits will receive surface treatments that will increase friction during both wet and dry conditions.
will work begin and end?
This project is UNDER CONSTRUCTION!
Pavement repairs and safety improvements are expected to be completed by Oct. 30, 2020, weather permitting.
Friday, May 14 - Saturday, May 15, weather permitting:
Beginning at 8 p.m., Friday evening, various lane closures will be in place on along the Cut in the Hill on I-71/75 southbound from 12th St. to Kyles Ln. At times, traffic will be reduced to a single lane for the installation of traffic data sensors. Delays are expected and drivers are encouraged to use real time travel resources, such as WAZE, to find alternate routes.
In addition, at 8 p.m., Friday evening, the entrance ramp to I-71/75 southbound from Kyles Ln. will be closed.
All lanes of travel, as well as the southbound entrance ramp from Kyles Ln., will be open by 8 a.m., Saturday morning.
Saturday, May 15 - Sunday, May 16, weather permitting:
The entrance ramp to I-71/75 southbound from Kyles Ln. will be closed from 8 p.m., Saturday evening, until 8 a.m., Sunday morning. (All lanes of travel on I-71/75 southbound will remain open during this time.)
much will the project cost?
The construction cost is expected to be approximately $8 million.