I-71 Corridor Improvements Get Huge Boost With Funding Announcement For Work At Western Row Interchange
Despite the winter weather, crews continue to make progress on the work at the Fields-Ertel and Mason-Montgomery Road Interchange (more on that below), and last week, we learned that the improvement work just a few miles up the road at Western Row is now fully-funded.
The Warren County Transportation Improvement District (WCTID) announced that with the award last week by the Ohio Department of Transportation's Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC), the WCTID and its partner team have now secured complete funding for the improvements planned for the I-71 Interchange at Western Row Road.
Western Row is a key access point along the I-71 Corridor, attracting a growing number of businesses and residents. The improvements at the Western Row Interchange are part of an integrated program, along with the work at the I-71 & Fields-Ertel/Mason-Montgomery Road Interchange, that are expected to significantly relieve congestion for people who travel along I-71 in the northern Hamilton and Warren County area.
Improving accessibility and congestion at Western Row will also help improve travel and congestion at the Fields-Ertel and SR 741 interchanges. In fact, studies indicate the Western Row improvements will reduce I-71 southbound off-ramp traffic at Fields-Ertel by 17 percent. In addition, northbound I-71 on-ramp traffic at Fields-Ertel is expected to decrease by 24 percent with the completion of improvements at Western Row.
To read more about the I-71/Western Row Interchange Improvements, click the logo above.
The $16.4 million dollar award by TRAC will fund construction of the interchange improvements that will be completed in two phases:
Phase 1, the Columbia Road Relocation, will allow travelers to move more easily through the area by improving turn lanes and extending the distance between the I-71 off ramp intersection and Columbia Road.
Phase 2, also known as the I-71 Interchange Modifications, will provide full access to and from I-71 in the Western Row area by adding a new exit ramp from southbound I-71 to Innovation Way, as well as the addition of two northbound I-71 on-ramps from Western Row Road.