Traffic relief in sight for Lebanon residents

March 7, 2013 by  

Warren County Transportation District, which includes Lebanon, is planning to upgrade the I-71 interchange at Fields/Ertel/Mason-Montgomery. The work could reduce traffic snarls at the intersection by up to 55%, according to a story dated March 1.

Traffic through the interchange averages 80,000 vehicles daily, with the result that commuters and residents alike experience frequent backups and delays. The interchange is important to the economic welfare of the county because a number of major businesses are located nearby. These include Kings Automall; Deerfield Towne Center, a shopping mall; and Proctor & Gamble.

Joseph Vogel, an administrator with the Ohio Department of Transportation, says the I-71 interchange project is the highest ranking in the state, reflecting the importance of the businesses and residents served by the exit.

This project is only one of several being made in Warren County. Neil Tunison, Warren County Engineer, notes two projects have already been finished. An additional northbound lane was added from the interchange to Parkway Drive, at a cost of $1.6m. An additional $1.4 m was used to coordinate 22 stop lights throughout the area.

Crews will begin work in the summer on two additional projects, which should be finished by September. The first will expand the exit ramp at the I-71 interchange, which is currently being revamped, and the second will add another right turn lane, also in the same location.

Since these projects are likely to result in traffic disruption, the county could work with experts in flyer printing to create a mailer to be sent to residents. It could explain the timetable of the work and suggest alternate routes.