SmartLane coming to I-275 in Clermont County to ease traffic congestion

SmartLane coming to I-275 in Clermont County to ease traffic congestion
Published: Mar. 15, 2022 at 1:30 PM EDT
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CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will begin construction for an extra travel lane designed to ease traffic congestion on I-275 in the early spring.

The “SmartLane” is an extra lane that will be added on I-275 between U.S. 42 in Hamilton County and S.R. 28 in Clermont County, which will serve as an additional lane during peak times of traffic to relieve congestion.

Using technology to manage access and speed and communicate with motorists, SmartLane corridors allow an extra lane of travel on upgraded highway shoulders during certain times to alleviate congestion and aid incident management efforts, ODOT said.

As part of the initial project, contractors will make pavement repairs and resurface I-275 between U.S. 42 and the Loveland-Madeira Road interchange, widen the median shoulders between I-71 and Loveland-Madeira Road, and install dynamic message boards and a variable speed limit for a SmartLane on westbound I-275.

Construction is scheduled to begin in April, and the first section of the westbound SmartLane is scheduled to be open in June of 2023.

The eastbound project starts in the spring of 2027 and is expected to finish a year later.

Ohio’s first smart corridor, the I-670 SmartLane on the east side of Columbus in Franklin County, opened in October 2019.

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