Motorists will have the chance to find out about current and proposed improvements to the Fields Ertel exit off Interstate 71 on Thursday, Feb. 28.
The community is invited to stop in anytime between 5-7 p.m. at the Deerfield Township Trustees room at 4900 Parkway Drive, ste. 180, Deerfield Township. A brief presentation and question-and-answer session will be held at 6:30 p.m.
The traffic-clogged interchange at Fields Ertel and Mason-Montgomery roads near the border of southern Warren and northern Hamilton counties has long been a source of frustration for residents and commuters.
Funding for current and scheduled improvements has been secured and motorists have already begun to see changes in the area, including the addition of a new northbound traffic lane and improvements in traffic signal timing, say officials.
Work has already begun in the area and will continue over the next several years
“We are making phased improvements that will gradually and successfully address traffic issues in the Fields Ertel area,” said Neil Tunison, Warren County engineer.
Upcoming improvements to be detailed at the meeting include:
- Loop Ramp construction that will allow northbound traffic on I-71 to by-pass the Fields Ertel/Mason-Montgomery intersection and exit I-71 further north of the existing interchange
- A lane expansion at the northbound I-71 exit that will expand the exit lane and create more separation between freeway and exiting traffic
- An additional right turn lane onto Mason-Montgomery Road from the southbound I-71 exit
- Access Management improvements at Fields Ertel and Gregory Road
The interchange was constructed in the 1960s when the area was rural. Today it’s jammed with commerce – and traffic.
By 2015, officials estimate 66,650 vehicles will travel through the intersection of Mason-Montgomery and Fields Ertel roads in one day. By 2035, that jumps by 40 percent to 93,620 vehicles a day.
The area is a key economic engine for Warren County. Within miles of the interchange is Procter & Gamble’s Mason Business Center, the Deerfield Towne Center shopping center, Kings Automall and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Mason campus, among others.
Staff reporter Paul McKibben contributed
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