Two upcoming detours in Warren County may affect Clinton Countians’ travel plans not only for this Sunday, but for the next four months.
Full- and short-term full closures will be necessary on I-71 this Sunday to accommodate bridge work on the original southbound Interstate 71/Jeremiah Morrow bridge,.
Southbound I-71 will be closed to traffic between the State Route 73 and SR 48 exits from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. Sunday, May 14. The detour uses SR 73, U.S. 42 and SR 48.
On northbound I-71, there will be intermittent short-term full closures between SR 73 and SR 48, using the same detour in reverse, from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Also during this time, traffic on the Little Miami Scenic River and Trail will not be permitted between Wilmington Road and SR 350. Also note the north and southbound rest areas will be closed during this time.
Law enforcement and construction personnel will be on site at various access points to the interstate, river and scenic trail to enforce these restrictions.
Olive Branch to close
Bridge work requires closing Olive Branch Road in Warren County — north of Wilmington Road and over Interstate 71 — beginning Monday, May 15, for 120 days.
The road will be closed in order to complete bridge work on Olive Branch Road over I-71, including abutment upgrades, patching, painting the superstructure, sealing the bridge deck and remaining concrete on the structure.
Traffic will be detoured using Wilmington Road, North Clarksville Road, Oregonia Road and Jeffery Road.
In addition, various lane closures will be in effect on north and southbound I-71 at Olive Branch Road from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday, and from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Arrow boards and/or signs will be in place to alert motorists of the upcoming work zone and road closure.
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.
For ongoing traffic, construction and weather-related information, please check www.OHGO.com.