Warren County (Friday, Oct. 15, 2021) – As part of an interchange expansion project to build an on-ramp from southbound Mason-Montgomery Road to I-71 South, preliminary site work is under way, and temporary lane restrictions will be in place this weekend on I-71.
On Sunday, Oct. 17, contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation will close the right lane of southbound I-71 over Mason-Montgomery and Field-Ertel roads to place portable concrete barrier (PCB) wall and perform pavement work in preparation for widening. Restrictions will be in place from 8 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18.
Crews will also be placing PCB wall on southbound Mason-Montgomery Road between Escort Drive and the I-71 overpass. Traffic has been shifted through this area, so there will be no lane closures; however, motorists are reminded of the need for additional caution in the work zone.
In addition to the construction of an entrance ramp from Mason-Montgomery Road to I-71 South, the project includes constructing a new bridge over Fields-Ertel Road, as well as a new southbound turn lane on Mason-Montgomery from Escort Drive to the ramp and an entrance taper on I-71 South, between the Fields-Ertel Road bridge and the existing ramp from Fields-Ertel.
The Eagle Bridge Company was awarded a contract for approximately $4.7 million to undertake the project, and the project is scheduled to be completed by late spring of 2023.
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