The Road Report
June 29, 2017

New traffic pattern will be put into place and continue for approximately one year  

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has started work on a full movement interchange at I-71 & Western Row Road.
In order to accommodate the initial phase of work, work crews will make some changes to the traffic pattern in this area. Weather permitting, there will be various lane closures in place on north and southbound I-71 between Kings Mills and Western Row, beginning tonight at 8 p.m., until 7 a.m., tomorrow morning. At no point during this work will the full interstate be closed.
Once complete, north and southbound traffic will be shifted to the left (inside) by one lane, using the left shoulder as the high-speed lane. This pattern will be maintained for approximately one year, allowing crews to work on the outside.
Arrow boards &/or signs will be in place to alert motorists of the upcoming work zone, lane closures and traffic shift.
To help ensure the safety of the construction workers as well as the traveling public, motorists should remain alert, reduce their speed and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zone.
You can access real-time traffic information at
To learn more about the Western Row Road Interchange Improvements, please view the following video:

Western Row Road and I-71 Interchange Improvements 
Western Row Road and I-71 Interchange Improvements

Traffic is moving on new alignment 

I n advance of ODOT's work at the Interchange, the Warren County Transportation Improvement District (WCTID) has made significant improvements to Columbia Road.
Recently, traffic began using the new alignment on Columbia Road, and the new traffic signal at Western Row Road and the new intersection at the relocated Columbia Road became operational.
This project supports better traffic flow on Western Row Road by relocating Columbia Road and improving the existing northbound I-71 off-ramp. Extending the distance between the I-71 off-ramp intersection and Columbia Road and improving turn lanes allows drivers to move more easily through this area.
Originally scheduled to be completed by the end of September, crews are moving well ahead of schedule and expect to be completed with this work several weeks early. We will keep you posted on our progress as we near the end of this project work to ease congestion, improve safety and expand access to business and recreation destinations throughout the area.
To learn more about the relocation of Columbia Road , please view the following video:

Columbia Road Relocation
Columbia Road Relocation