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Western Row Road Update, February 22, 2017

We wanted to share with you the following statement that was released by our partners at the Ohio Department of Transportation:

FEBRUARY 22, 2017

In the next few weeks ODOT will begin a nearly $21 million project to convert the existing Interstate 71 and Western Row Road (I-71/WRR) interchange into a full interchange with new ramps and auxiliary lanes.

The first phase of this I-71/WRR project will begin on Monday, February 27. This work includes clearing trees and brush along I-71 shown in the photo included in this email. This clearing must be completed prior to April so as not to negatively impact the Indiana Bat. During this time there will also be various utility relocations.

Major construction on this two-year project will start in early May. Most of this work will occur at night between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. and will be very noisy. Also over the next two years various lane restrictions on I-71, Western Row Road and Kings Island Drive will be required. Media/traffic advisories will be distributed alerting the media and public of when these restrictions will be required.

If you would to like receive regular email updates regarding the I-71/WRR project please notify us via d08.pio@dot.ohio.gov to have your email address included on our distribution listing. If you do not have computer access or have additional questions regarding the project please contact ODOT Communications Manager Brian Cunningham (513) 933-6517.

You can also follow us on FaceBook and/or Twitter for southwest Ohio ODOT project information:

https://www.facebook.com/ODOTDistrict8
https://twitter.com/ODOT_Cincinnati

Please share this information with others that may be impacted by this project. The video accessible via the following link provides a very good depiction of the project and how it will look when fully completed: http://imaginewesternrow.com/projects/western-row-road-and-i-71-interchange-improvements/

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to improve safety and travel efficiency in this area.

Respectfully,
Tammy Campbell
District 8 Deputy Director