• Tue. Oct 19th, 2021

Lytle Tunnel maintenance will begin Wednesday night, will continue into Friday night

By Herald Staff

The Interstate 71 Lytle Tunnel will be closed during the overnight hours this week for regularly scheduled maintenance operations.

Northbound I-71 will be closed at the I-71/75 split (Ohio Exit 1) Wednesday and Thursday, September 8 and 9, from 10 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. the following day. In addition, the following restrictions and ramp closures will also be in effect:

  • Second Street entrance ramp to I-71 North in Cincinnati will be closed; traffic will be routed by way of the Fifth Street entrance ramp to northbound I-71.
  • Fourth Street entrance ramp to I-71 North in Covington will be closed; traffic will be routed by way of the Twelfth Street entrance ramp to northbound I-71.
  • Access to the tunnel from eastbound Fort Washington Way (I-71/U.S. 50) will be prohibited; however, U.S. 50 East will remain open.

Then, on Friday and Saturday, September 10 and 11, southbound I-71 will be closed at Exit 2, and through the tunnel from 10 p.m. each night to 9 a.m. the following day. The following ramp closures will also be in effect for southbound I-71:

  • U.S. 42/Eden Park Drive entrance ramp to I-71 South will be closed, and motorists may follow the Liberty Street entrance ramp to southbound I-471 and follow I-71 detour.
  • Third Street exit ramp to I-71 South will be closed, and motorists detour via Gilbert Avenue/Reading Road to access downtown.

While the tunnel is closed in the northbound direction, I-71 traffic will be detoured via I-75 North to S.R. 562/Norwood Lateral and I-71, and when it is closed southbound, traffic will be detoured by way of I-471 and I-275 West to I-71/I-75 or via the Norwood Lateral and I-75 South. 

Arrow boards and/or signs will be in place to alert motorists of the upcoming work zone and restrictions. All work is contingent upon the weather, and for ongoing traffic, construction and weather-related information across the state, please visit www.OHGO.com.