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Western Row Road and I-71 Interchange Improvements

Construction Timing:

We are under construction!

Once new access is established at the interchange, new ramps and travel lanes are tentatively expected to open to traffic in the following sequence:

  • Northbound access to I-71 via Western Row Road (new westbound and eastbound ramps), including an additional northbound travel lane on I-71 between Western Row Road and State Route 741/Kings Mills Road/Exit #25


  • New southbound I-71 entrance and exit ramps at Innovation way, including an additional southbound travel lane on I-71 between Western Row Road and State Route 741/Kings Mills Road/Exit #25


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

Traffic Impacts:

Our partners at the Ohio Department of Transportation have made significant progress on the construction of a full movement interchange at the I-71 and Western Row Road interchange.

As the final pieces of work take place, various lane closures are possible in the project area. Please use caution when traveling through this work zone, be mindful of new and changing traffic patterns and always eliminate distractions while driving.

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 Mills 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 percent. 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 began in 2016.  Phase 2 is fully funded, and construction began 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).