Crews begin work on Texas Turnaround project near Brent Spence Bridge
COVINGTON, Ky. (WXIX) - Two Brent Spence Bridge exit ramps will be closed for 180 days starting Monday at 9 p.m. as crews start to work on the Texas Turnaround project, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).
The Texas Turnaround pattern is designed in a way that helps traffic move safely and efficiently through highway interchanges.
In December of 2020, KYTC showed a map of what the traffic pattern would look like.
The exit ramp from I-71/75 northbound from Pike Street will be closed. A detour route will be put into place. Traffic will be directed to follow Bullock Street to I-71/75 southbound to Kyles Lane, and then re-enter I-71/75 northbound.
Also, on Monday, the exit ramp from I-71/75 northbound to 5th St. will be closed. Traffic will be directed to use the 12th Street exit from I-71/75 northbound to Simon Kenton Way to Pike Street to Main Street to 5th Street.
Once it is finished, the entrance ramp from 4th Street to I-71/75 north will be closed permanently. KYTC says that the ramp will not be immediately impacted and will not close until closer to the completion of the project, which is expected by the end of the year.
Additional project components include:
- Restriping the travel lanes on I-71/75 northbound to provide an additional travel lane from Pike St. to the Brent Spence Bridge.
- Reconstructing the bridge that carries traffic from I-71/75 northbound to 5th to accommodate the new traffic pattern.
- Upgrading traffic signals for local traffic at Pike St.
- Building various safety features, including crosswalks and new sidewalks, for pedestrians in the Pike St. area.
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