FOX19 - Get ready for traffic headaches and delays in Northern Kentucky.
With preparation work complete on Interstate 71/75, the contra flow lane is installed and ready for travel.
Work began Friday on the construction motorists have been dreading on northbound I-71/75 from the 275 interchange to just north of Dixie Highway.
Expect long delays this weekend in the northbound direction as crews start work at 10 p.m.
The work this weekend will involve shifting the northbound traffic lanes to the left and opening the contraflow lane that is located on the southbound side.
After crews have shifted lanes, the demolition of the northbound lanes of 71/75 will begin.
Crews will be removing the old pavement and replacing it with new concrete.
This work will cause a major impact on the northbound traffic.
The only detour is the I-275 interchange, but the traffic will be so backed up on I-71/75 that once you get to the construction zone you are almost through the delays.
Work crews plan to have the two lanes of northbound I-71/75 and the contraflow lane open by 5 a.m. Monday for the morning commute.
Expect delays with the new traffic pattern. The contraflow lane will have no access to exit to Buttermilk Pike, so exiting vehicles will need to stay in the right lanes.
Work crews will also be closing the on ramp from Donaldson Road to northbound I-71/75 until Oct. 15.
Traffic will still have access to westbound I-275 towards the airport.
- Southbound I-71/75 to the Turfway exit, and turn right on Houston Road, then right on Turfway, to northbound I-71/75
- Dixie Highway to I-275 to northbound I-71/75
- Follow Dixie Highway north into Fort Mitchell and get on northbound I-71/75 after the construction zone.) All the detours are going to cost you extra time so make sure you allow for that when you are making plans.
The ramp from eastbound I-275 to northbound I-71/75 is restricted to one lane, and will continue. Take I-275 eastbound I-471 or westbound I-275 into Indiana, to eastbound I-74.
Expect long delays for the duration of the construction project which is set to be completed in November.
All work is contingent on the weather.