PLAN Your Drive

Brent Spence Bridge maintenance work will occur in three phases primarily during the summer months of 2017. Traffic patterns will change as work progresses and travel delays are expected. Drivers should plan ahead and leave plenty of time for traveling through the center city and/or across the Brent Spence Bridge.

Slow down, be safe and avoid distracted driving. And when possible, consider an alternate route to cross the Ohio River.

I-71 Alternate Route and Detour Map

ALTERNATE ROUTES AND DETOURS FOR RAMP CLOSURES

When possible, consider using I-275 or I-471 to travel around the Brent Spence Bridge. Other alternate routes are listed below.

NORTHBOUND CLOSURES

In Ohio (Cincinnati)

NONE CURRENTLY

In Kentucky (Covington)

4th Street entrance ramp to I-71/75 Northbound – ACTIVE

Alternate Route:

  • Take I-71/75 SOUTH entrance ramp
  • Take Pike/12th Street exit
  • Turn left on Pike Street
  • Take I-71/75 NORTH entrance ramp

SOUTHBOUND CLOSURES

In Ohio (Cincinnati)

Ramp to I-71/75 South from Fort Washington Way (I-71/US 50 Westbound) – ACTIVE

Use I-275 or I-471 to avoid the Brent Spence Bridge.  If those routes are not an option:

  • Take I-75 NORTH ramp
  • Follow signs for I-75 NORTH
  • Take Ezzard Charles Drive exit (Exit 1G)
  • Turn left on Ezzard Charles Drive
  • Turn left on Western Avenue
  • Take I-75 SOUTH entrance ramp

3rd Street ramp to I-71/75 South – ACTIVE

Alternate Route:

  • Continue WEST on 3rd Street
  • Turn left on US 42/127 (Clay Wade Bailey Bridge)
  • Turn right on 4th Street in Covington
  • Take I-71/75 SOUTH entrance ramp

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In Kentucky (Erlanger)

I-71/75 South to Erlanger/KY 236 (Exits 184, 184A*, 184B) – ACTIVE

Alternate Routes:

  • Continue on I-71/75 SOUTH
  • Take Turfway Rd Exit 182
  • Turn right on Houston Rd
  • Continue NORTH to KY 236

OR

  • Continue on I-71/75 SOUTH
  • Take Turfway Rd Exit 182
  • Turn right on Houston Rd
  • Turn right on Turfway Rd
  • Take I-71/75 NORTH entrance ramp

*184A is open from I-275 East and Westbound

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Other Nearby Projects

In addition to the maintenance work occurring on the Brent Spence Bridge this summer, there are a number of additional construction projects taking place along local highways through the Greater Cincinnati area. To find out more about these projects, visit the following sites:

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For information about getting around Downtown Cincinnati, visit RoadmapCincy.com.


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