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?



Pavement repairs and safety improvements are expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2020, weather permitting.


will there be impacts to traffic because of the project work?

I-71/75 northbound:

Monday, Aug. 3 - Saturday, Aug. 15, weather permitting:


The right lane of I-71/75 northbound between Buttermilk Pk. and the Brent Spence Bridge is closed. 


At 10 p.m., each night, the middle lane within the project area also will be closed, and traffic will be reduced to a single lane. 


By 6 a.m., the following morning, the middle lane will reopen and two lanes of travel will be in place throughout the project area. 


This traffic pattern is expected to remain in place until Sat. Aug. 15, at 6 a.m., so that crews can continue pavement treatment and other safety improvements within the project area. It is likely that crews will not work continuously in the same area during this time frame, but will move throughout the project area to complete work. 


Please be aware of crews and equipment moving in and out of the construction zone, reduce your speed, eliminate distractions, and when possible, seek an alternate route to avoid delays. 




I-71/75 southbound:


The right two lanes of I-71/75 southbound are closed from the Brent Spence Bridge to Buttermilk Pk. The left two lanes of travel remain open.


Trucks are encouraged to use the right lane; local traffic is encouraged to use the left lane.


Traffic moving southbound from OH to KY is encouraged to consider alternate routes, including I-275 and I-471.


much will the project cost?

The construction cost is expected to be approximately $8 million.


can I contact if I have questions or comments?

We would love to hear from you. Please e-mail us at [email protected] with questions, comments or input on our work.

Contractors may reference Item No. 6-20032.

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