Big traffic project planned for 275 & 471

CAMPBELL COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - It could take a bit longer to reach your destination if you travel I-275 or I-471 in Northern Kentucky.

Pavement rehabilitation projects are happening on I- 275 and I-471 in Campbell County.

"Traffic impacts will be unavoidable," said Rob Hans, chief district engineer of the Covington Highway District of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). "We are asking commuters to find alternate ways to travel, and, if possible, to avoid these work zones altogether."

The speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph in both I-275 and I-471 construction zones.

Crews will begin working on the I-275 westbound pavement rehab project on Wednesday, March 28, 2012; the $34.8 million concrete pavement replacement project runs from the Ohio River to KY 9 (Double A Highway).

The repair is scheduled for completion by September 2012.

The eastbound section was completed in fall 2011. I-471 will undergo a total pavement replacement in a 5.7-mile corridor used by more than 100,000 vehicles a day.

Work crews will remove the original concrete pavement of I-471, replacing it with asphalt.

It is a $51 million project. To prepare for construction, work crews will begin installing barrier walls on Friday, March 30, 2012, for a traffic shift that must be in place for the start of construction on Monday, April 2, 2012.

For most of the project, traffic will be reduced to two lanes.

Work will coincide with Northern Kentucky University's spring semester that ends on May 5, 2012.

Contractors plan to work around the clock to remove deteriorated concrete from three lanes, shoulders and all exit and entrance ramps.

Work also includes repairing and replacing the roadway surfaces of bridge decks along the corridor at U.S. 27, Chesapeake, Sixth Street and the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge.

Guardrails and lighting will also be improved. Construction on the northbound lanes of I-471 will be completed in December 2012.

Work on southbound lanes will take place in 2013.