Traffic will be reduced from three to two lanes beginning this week on the southbound Interstate 71 ramp at Fields Ertel/Mason-Montgomery Road.
The lane reduction is expected to continue through Oct. 15 as part of ongoing improvements to the traffic-clogged intersection, which has long been a source of frustration for residents and commuters.
About 80,000 vehicles travel through the interchange each day. The multi-phase improvement plan for the intersection is among the state’s “highest-ranked” projects, said Joseph Vogel, a planning and engineering administrator with the Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 08 in Lebanon.
Two projects have already been completed: A $1.6 million project built an additional northbound lane from Fields Ertel to Parkway Drive and a $1.4 million project coordinated 22 traffic signals in the area.
Work is scheduled to begin later this month on a $2 million lane expansion at the northbound I-71 exit that will expand the exit lane and create more separation between freeway and exiting traffic.
Other upcoming projects include work on a loop ramp to relieve congestion by allowing northbound traffic to bypass the intersection. The $13 million dollar project is expected to begin in spring 2014 and wrap up by late 2015.
For more information, go to www.advancingfieldsertel.com or call 513-804-8033.