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Western Row Road and I-71 Interchange Improvements

Construction Timing:

We are under construction! “Substantial completion” is anticipated by the end of 2018, with “total completion” by the summer of 2019.

To learn more about the Western Row Road and I-71 Interchange Improvements, please view the following video:

Traffic Impacts:

From our partners at the Ohio Department of Transportation:

Warren County (Friday, Aug. 18, 2017) – Pier column concrete pours for new structures require various nightly lane closures beginning next week.

Various nightly lane closures on east and westbound Western Row Road between Innovation Way and Kings Island Drive beginning at 9 p.m. until 6 a.m.the following day, starting Wednesday, Aug. 23 through Saturday morning, Aug. 26.

Arrow boards and/or signs will be in place to alert motorists of the upcoming work zone and restrictions.

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.

For ongoing traffic, construction and weather-related information, please check

Project Information:

A full interchange with northbound on- and off-ramps, as well as southbound on- and off-ramps will be built at the I-71 & Western Row Road Interchange. Whereas currently there is only a partial interchange, with northbound exit ramp and a southbound on-ramp, at the completion of this project, there will be on- and off-ramps for both north and southbound traffic. Specifically, there will be a new southbound off-ramp and on-ramp connecting directly to Innovation Way, as well as two new northbound on-ramps from eastbound and westbound Western Row Road.

squaremap919Additionally, I-71 will be widened by one lane in each direction north and southbound between the new ramps at Western Row Road and the existing State Route 741 exit (Kings Mill Road, Exit #25).

Shared-use paths and pedestrian-friendly elements will be a part of the improvements being made at the Interchange.

Project Benefits:

Western Row Road is a key access point along the I-71 business corridor, and is an important hub for economic development and job creation. This project will increase mobility, improve safety and expand access to business and recreational destinations in this area.

Significant planning and design work has also gone into pedestrian and bike paths that will be built – some new and some an expansion of existing paths.

The importance of improved connectivity in southwest Warren County and northeast Hamilton County cannot be overstated. With the work at the Fields-Ertel & Mason-Montgomery Road Interchange completed in 2015, studies indicate that the Western Row improvements will reduce I-71 southbound off-ramp traffic at Fields-Ertel by 17%. In addition, northbound I-71 on-ramp traffic at Fields-Ertel is expected to decrease by 24% with the completion of improvements at Western Row.

This coordinated regional program will support Warren County’s growing business and tourism economy.

Project Background & Informational Documents:

The 2005 Southwest Warren County Transportation Study identified the improvement of the Western Row Road interchange as a high-priority project.

Five conceptual alternatives were developed. The completion of the 2010 Conceptual Alternatives Study (CAS) recommended three alternatives (Alternatives 2, 4, and 5) be advanced for further study. Upon further consideration, Alternative 2 was eliminated due to the number of traffic signals and insufficient level of service on Western Row Road. A new alternative was created, Alternative 6, to undergo further study. Project planners held a public involvement meeting in the summer of 2013 and gathered public feedback on each alternative. Alternative 6 was advanced as the preferred alternative. The design process has begun, Phase 1 is fully funded and construction is planned to begin in 2016.  Phase 2 is fully funded, and construction will begin in 2017.


Recommended Preferred Alternative

Recommended Preferred Alternative (Alt 6) PDF (5.25 MB)

To read more about the process that was followed to develop the current recommended Preferred Alternative for the Western Row Road and I-71 Interchange Improvements project, please visit the Warren County Transportation Improvement District’s website:

3-D renderings

East of I-71
West of I-71

Click the image below to view the Western Row Road and I-71 Interchange Improvements Video (as presented during 2014 public involvement).