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[I-471]I-471 connects the Cincinnati beltway Interstate 275 in Northern Kentucky with Interstate 75 in downtown Cincinnati. The route crosses the Ohio River via the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge [Outside Link]. The highway was completed in Kentucky in 1981. Construction was delayed by a lawsuit on the Cincinnati side of the river.

The Kentucky segment of the highway is 5.016 miles long. This make I-471 the shortest stretch of interstate maintained by Kentucky.

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I-471 News Items

[I-471]
Traffic Study May Lead to I-471 Improvements
Posted: 1-Jul-2005 3:48AM CDT

A new traffic study may eventually lead to improvements to I-471. The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments recently approved a $750,000 study of the region’s “Southeast Corridor.”

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Study could help unclog I-471; OKI authorizes look at 'southeast corridor' in Campbell County (June 10, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-471]
Planners Urge Look at I-471
Posted: 9-Feb-2005 1:54AM CST

Representatives of the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments have been in Washington this week to lobby for money to study possible upgrades to I-471 in Northern Kentucky: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Planners: Upgrade I-471 (Feb. 7, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-24]
Winter Storm Blasts Kentucky’s Roadways
Posted: 23-Dec-2004 6:28PM CST

The Henderson Gleaner reports that the 511 traffic information system fails to provide information about the hazardous conditions in the Henderson area: Henderson Gleaner: Road hotline fails this area (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

The interstates are open, but many secondary roads are impassible in Northern Kentucky: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Paralyzing storm shuts down travel (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

Road clearing was suspended overnight in parts of Western Kentucky due to blizzard like conditions, and four stopped tractor trailers blocked traffic on I-71 in Gallatin County: Associated Press: Parts of Kentucky at near standstill (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

A series of traffic accidents has caused long delays on I-24 in Western Kentucky. Motorists are asked not to call emergency services unless they are in immediate need of police, fire, or medical assistance: Associated Press: Wrecks tie up Interstate 24 (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

Forty members of the Kentucky National Guard were activated overnight and used military tow trucks and Humvees to rescue stranded motorists. Some cars stopped along I-24 due to accidents were caught in snow drifts: Courier-Journal: Storm limits transportation options (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

More information: WAVE 3: Winter Storm Coats Much Of Kentucky With Snow, Ice (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link], Lexington Herald-Leader: Kentucky is wet and cold (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet posts regularly updated traffic advisories to www.511.ky.gov [Outside Link]. You can also obtain Kentucky traffic information by calling 1-800-RDREPORT or by dialing 511 from any cell phone.

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[I-275]
Eastern Cincinnati Corridor Development Plan Could Ease Northern Kentucky Congestion
Posted: 11-Dec-2004 12:18AM CST

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation Study the development of a new travel corridor between downtown Cincinnati and its eastern suburbs could ease congestion in Northern Kentucky: Cincinnati Post: Eastern transit needs studied (Dec. 9, 2004) [Outside Link], The Eastern Corridor PE/EIS Project Web Site [Outside Link]

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[I-471]
“Big Mac” Bridge Painting Causes Delays
Posted: 24-Jun-2004 1:33AM CDT

The Daniel Carter Beard Bridge on I-471 (known by locals as the “Big Mac” bridge) is receiving a fresh coat of paint, and the work is delaying traffic: Kentucky Post: Bridge painting causes delays (June 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-471]
Daniel Carter Beard Bridge to be Repainted this Summer
Posted: 29-Mar-2004 12:14AM CST

One of the most highly visible road projects in Northern Kentucky this summer will be the repainting of the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge over the Ohio River on I-471. The under structure of the bridge was repainted last summer; this summer the bridge's arches will be repainted.

More information: Cincinnati Post: Fewer road projects, but they'll be highly visible (March 18, 2004) [Outside Link]

April 20 Update: Kentucky Post: Big Mac bridge painting begins (April 2, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-471]
I-471 Speed Limit Raised to 65 MPH
Posted: 6-Jan-2004 6:48AM CST

Speed limits on I-471 have been raised from 55 MPH to 65 MPH. The move makes the highway.s speed limit consistent with the speed limit on I-275. This consistency is believed to make the road safer for travelers.

More information: Kentucky Post: I-471 speed limit raised to 65 mph (Dec. 9, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-471]
Development in Newport Clogs Traffic on I-471 Bridge
Posted: 29-Aug-2003 7:35PM CDT

Development of the Newport Levee has caused a considerable increase in traffic (and traffic accidents) on I-471's Daniel Carter Beard Bridge over the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Newport. Newport city leaders are pressing to rebuild the ramps from I-471 south bound to KY 8; however, the project is not currently listed on the six year highway plan.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Newport traffic clogs bridge (Aug. 19, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Kentucky Post's Jim Reis Looks At the History of the Bridges over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:21PM CDT

The Kentucky Post recently posted two columns from Jim Reis looking at the history of the bridges over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky:

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[I-471]
Work on I-471 Bridge Complete
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 4:29PM CST

According to this article [Outside Link] in the Cincinnati Enquirer, work on I-471 on both the Kentucky and Ohio sides is complete. All lanes of the road were reopened on Friday.

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[I-471]
Billboards to be Placed Along I-471
Posted: 25-Nov-2001 2:08PM CST

According to this Cincinnati Enquirer article [Outside Link], I-471 in Newport will be receiving its first billboards. The city agreed to allow the billboards after requesting billboards to be removed from other areas.

BTW: This is KentuckyRoads.com 100th news item.

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