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Interstate 71

Interstate 71 marker

Interstate 71
Route information
Maintained by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Ohio DOT
Length: 343.78 mi[1][2] (553.26 km)
Major junctions
South end: / in Louisville, KY
 

from Walton, KY to Cincinnati, OH
in Columbus, OH
/ in Seville, OH

near Medina, OH
/ in Strongsville, OH
North end: / in Cleveland, OH
Location
States: Kentucky, Ohio
Highway system
KY ->
OH ->

Interstate 71 (I-71) is a north-south (physically northeast-southwest) Interstate Highway in the Great Lakes/Midwestern and Southeastern region of the United States. Its southern terminus is at an interchange with Interstate 64 and Interstate 65 (the Kennedy Interchange) in Louisville, Kentucky. Its northern terminus is at an interchange with Interstate 90 in Cleveland, Ohio. I-71 runs concurrently with Interstate 75 from a point about twenty miles (32 km) south of Cincinnati, Ohio into downtown Cincinnati. Almost three quarters of the route lies east of I-75, thereby putting it out of its proper place in the Interstate grid.

While I-71 is designated a north-south highway, it is a major east-west route for cross-country traffic. It links I-80 and I-90 to I-70, and ultimately (via I-65) links to I-40.

Route description

Lengths
  mi[3] km
KY 97.42 156.78
OH 248.15 399.36
Total 345.57 556.14

Kentucky

Interstate 71 in the hills of Kentucky
End of Interstate 71

In Kentucky, I-71 begins east of Downtown Louisville at the Kennedy Interchange, where it meets I-64 and I-65. This interchange is sometimes called the "Spaghetti Junction". From Louisville, it roughly follows the Ohio River in a diagonal path toward Northern Kentucky. Between Louisville and Cincinnati, I-71 is largely a four-lane highway, except for the approach to Kentucky Speedway in Sparta in which it runs three lanes each way for about 2 miles.

Near the town of Carrollton, there are signs marking the location of a tragic accident that occurred on May 14, 1988, when a drunk driver crossed the median and struck a church bus full of children and teenagers, causing the bus' fuel tank to ignite into flames and killing 27 people on board. It is one of the worst bus accidents in state and national history.

After having run 77 miles (124 km) from Louisville, I-71 merges with Interstate 75 near Walton after which it intersects Interstate 275, the Cincinnati beltway. After passing through Covington, the freeway crosses the Ohio River via the lower level of the Brent Spence Bridge (while the southbound direction uses the upper level) and continues into Cincinnati.

Ohio

A section of the Fort Washington Way in Cincinnati
Heading northbound into Columbus from the south
Northern terminus at I-90 in downtown Cleveland

In Cincinnati, I-71 splits immediately from I-75 and heads due east onto Fort Washington Way, where it continues through downtown Cincinnati concurrently with US-50 for less than a mile. Just east of downtown, US-50 splits from I-71 and continues east; I-71 bends north and receives Interstate 471, a spur from southeast of the city. I-71 then heads in a general northeast direction through urban Cincinnati and into its surrounding suburbs. After another interchange with the Interstate 275 beltway, the freeway leaves the metropolitan area and heads towards Columbus. It continues northeast until it reaches South Lebanon, Ohio, where it begins cutting east across the flat plains of southwest Ohio. The freeway crosses the Little Miami River on the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge, which is a continuous truss bridge and the tallest bridge in Ohio at 239 feet above the river. I-71 heads towards Columbus then intersects with the bypass I-270 before heading north into urban Columbus, where it junctions I-70. About a mile north of the I-70 junction, it intersects with I-670. After another interchange with the I-270 bypass, the highway exits out of Columbus and continues north until near Delaware, where it again turns northeast. Beginning its path to Cleveland, I-71 enters the rolling farm country on the edges of the Allegheny Plateau. It continues in this fashion to Lodi/Westfield Center and its junction with I-76, which provides access to Akron. Heading north to Medina, it meets the terminus of I-271. The highway then continues north into urban Cuyahoga County and Cleveland's suburbs, intersecting the Ohio Turnpike/I-80. Passing Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, I-71 meets I-480 and enters Cleveland's west side, continuing on to downtown. It junctions with State Route 176 and terminates at Interstate 90 on the Innerbelt.

History

Kentucky

The first section of I-71 in Louisville opened in December 1966 between its terminus at Spaghetti Junction and Zorn Avenue, its first exit. Its junction with I-264 opened in July 1968, and the complete Kentucky portion of the interstate was opened to the public in July 1969. At that point, it replaced U.S. Route 42 as the primary link between Cincinnati and Louisville.[4]

Ohio

Much of Interstate 71 in Ohio was intended to be State Route 1. State Route 1 was originally planned in the 1950s as a second Ohio Turnpike extending southwest to northeast across the state. It was planned to run from Cincinnati to Conneaut and connect with an extension built across the panhandle of Pennsylvania to the New York State Thruway. As the highway was being planned, the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 was enacted, and the project was converted from a toll road to a freeway. It was designated as State Route 1, since the Interstate Highway numbering system had not yet been implemented. Portions of the freeway began to be completed and opened in 1959 with the new Interstate Highway funding, and they were marked as State Route 1 as well as with their new Interstate Highway number. Since large gaps existed along the corridor where no freeway had yet been completed, existing two-lane or four-lane highways were also designated as State Route 1 in order to complete the route. The State Route 1 signage was removed in 1966 as the Interstate Highway numbers adequately marked the route by then and the state highway numbering was superfluous.

Columbus-area highway marker designating Interstate 71 and Ohio Route 1 (1965).

In Columbus, the portion of Interstate 71 that bounds Worthington's eastern edge was originally called the North Freeway. Costing US$13.8 million, it was constructed south from Route 161, arriving at 11th Avenue by August 1961. It took another year to construct the portion between 11th Avenue and 5th Avenue, mainly due to the need to construct a massive underpass under the Pennsylvania Railroad's Grogan Yard. Today, only two tracks cross the viaduct, and the rest of the structure supports a large, weedy field. By August 1962, the freeway had reached Fifth Avenue, and it reached downtown in November 1962.

Interstate 71 was originally planned to follow the Innerbelt Freeway northward from its current northern terminus to the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway at Dead Man's Curve when Interstate 90 was planned to continue westward from there along the Shoreway.[5]

Upon its completion, I-71 replaced State Route 3 as the primary highway link between Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland.

Between 2004 and 2006, the interchange at milepost 121 in the far northern reaches of Columbus was reconstructed to allow access to the eastern extension of Gemini Place.[6] Before that, it was a simple diamond interchange with Polaris Parkway (Ohio State Route 750).

Rebuilding and widening program

In 1999, the state of Ohio began a 10-year, $500 million project to improve I-71 between Columbus and Cleveland. The plans did not include widening the 25-mile stretch in Delaware and Morrow counties, calling for patching that section instead. At that time, state transportation officials said they didn't plan to widen that section for two reasons: Traffic studies didn't support the widening, and there was no money for the project.[7] But ODOT officials eventually gave in under pressure from elected officials and business owners to widen the remaining 25-mile stretch of I-71 from just north of the U.S. 36/Ohio 37 interchange in Delaware County to the Morrow/Richland county line.[8] The reconstruction and widening on the last 25-mile stretch of I-71 in Delaware and Morrow counties began in spring 2012 and the work was completed in summer 2015 at a cost of $144 million.[8]

Exit list

State County Location mi[1][2] km Exit Destinations Notes
Kentucky Jefferson Louisville 0.000 0.000 1 /  - St. Louis, Lexington, Nashville, Indianapolis Signed as exits 1A (west) southbound and 1B (east) northbound; no access from 71 south to 64 east; no number for I-65; I-64 exit 6; I-65 exit 137; southern terminus
1.724 2.775 2 Zorn Avenue
Indian Hills 4.966 7.992 5 (Watterson Expressway) I-264 exits 23A-B
Louisville 9.063 14.585 9 south (Gene Snyder Freeway) / to Signed as exits 9A (south) and 9B (north); I-265 exits 35A-B
Oldham 14.488 23.316 14  - Crestwood, Pewee Valley
17.478 28.128 17  - Buckner, Crestwood, Pewee Valley
18.507 29.784 18  - Buckner
La Grange 21.869 35.195 22  - La Grange, Ballardsville
Henry Pendleton 27.840 44.804 28 to  - Sligo, New Castle
Campbellsburg 33.505 53.921 34  - Campbellsburg, New Castle, Bedford
Trimble
No major junctions
Carroll 42.802 68.883 43 to  - Prestonville, English
44.312 71.313 44  - Worthville, Carrollton
Gallatin 54.980 88.482 55 to  - Vevay Serves Kentucky Speedway
56.673 91.206 57  - Sparta, Warsaw Serves Kentucky Speedway
Glencoe 61.774 99.416 62  - Glencoe, Owenton
Boone 72.195 116.187 72  - Verona
77.724 125.085 77 south - Lexington South end of I-75 overlap; exit numbers switch to follow I-75's mileposts, I-75 exit 173.
79.556 128.033 175  - Richwood
Florence 82.275 132.409 178 (Mt. Zion Road)
84.298 135.664 180 /  - Union, Florence
84.694 136.302 180A Mall Road Southbound exit and northbound entrance; serves Florence Mall; former KY 3157
85.449 137.517 181  - Florence, Burlington
86.652 139.453 182 (Turfway Road)
Kenton Erlanger 87.967 141.569 184  - Erlanger Signed as exits 184A (east) and 184B (west) southbound
88.900 143.071 185 to  - Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport I-275 exit 84.
Fort Mitchell 90.539 145.708 186 (Buttermilk Pike)
91.913 147.920 188 / / (Dixie Highway) - Fort Mitchell
Fort Wright 92.870 149.460 189 (Kyles Lane) - Fort Wright, Park Hills
Covington 94.707-
94.858
152.416-
152.659
191 12th Street (KY 1120), Pike Street (US 25 / US 42 / US 127) - Covington
95.414-
95.507
153.554-
153.704
192 5th Street (KY 8) - Covington, Newport
Ohio River
0.00

0.00
Brent Spence Bridge
Kentucky-Ohio state line
Ohio Hamilton Cincinnati 0.22-
0.50
0.35-
0.80
1A north / west (River Road) / Fifth Street - Dayton North end of I-75 overlap; south end of US 50 overlap
1B Second Street, Third Street - Downtown Cincinnati, Riverfront
1.11 1.79 1C east (Columbia Parkway) to / North end of US 50 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
Lytle Tunnel
Sharp turn (40 mph or 64 km/h) in both directions
1.99 3.20 1D south - Newport Southbound exit and northbound entrance
2.33-
2.48
3.75-
3.99
2 (Reading Road) / Florence Avenue, Gilbert Avenue
3.33-
4.3
5.36-
6.9
3 William Howard Taft Road / Martin Luther King Drive Two Northbound entrances to I-71 from Taft and Martin Luther King. Southbound entrance to I-71 from Martin Luther King. Southbound exit to Martin Luther King and Taft. Northbound exit to Martin Luther King.
4.46-
6.03
7.18-
9.70
5 Montgomery Road (US 22 / SR 3), Dana Avenue
Norwood 6.75-
6.96
10.86-
11.20
6 (Edwards Road, Smith Road)
Cincinnati 8.04 12.94 8A Ridge Avenue south Northbound exit and southbound entrance
8.04 12.94 8B  - Norwood Signed as exit 7 southbound
Columbia Township 8.51 13.70 8C Ridge Avenue north Northbound exit and southbound entrance
8.75 14.08 8 Kennedy Avenue, Ridge Avenue Southbound exit and northbound entrance
9.91-
9.92
15.95-
15.96
9 Red Bank Road - Fairfax
Silverton 10.68 17.19 10 Stewart Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Sycamore Township 11.81 19.01 11 Kenwood Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
12.44 20.02 12 / (Montgomery Road)
Montgomery 14.13 22.74 14 (Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway)
15.80 25.43 15 Pfeiffer Road
17.51-
17.54
28.18-
28.23
17 to / I-275 exit 49 eastbound & 49A-B westbound; signed as exits 17A (east) & 17B (west) southbound.
Hamilton-Warren
county line
Symmes-Deerfield
township line
19.88-
19.97
31.99-
32.14
19 Mason Montgomery Road, Fields Ertel Road
Warren Mason 23.53 37.87 24 Western Row Road, Kings Island Drive - Kings Island Northbound exit and southbound entrance
25.30 40.72 25 north (Kings Mills Road) - Mason
Lebanon-South Lebanon
city line
28.33 45.59 28  - South Lebanon, Lebanon
Turtlecreek Township 32.56 52.40 32  - Morrow, Lebanon
Washington Township 36.74 59.13 36 Wilmington Road
Clinton Chester Township 45.11 72.60 45  - Waynesville, Wilmington
Liberty Township 50.74-
50.75
81.66-
81.67
50  - Xenia, Wilmington
Greene Jefferson Township 58.01 93.36 58  - Sabina, Jamestown
Fayette Octa 65.33 105.14 65 (SR 435) - Xenia, Washington Court House
Jeffersonville 69.49 111.83 69 /  - South Solon, Jeffersonville, Washington Court House
Paint Township 75.03 120.75 75  - Bloomingburg, Midway
Madison Pleasant Township 84.27 135.62 84  - Mount Sterling, London
Franklin Pleasant Township 94.15 151.52 94 /  - Grove City, Orient, Harrisburg
Jackson Township 97.16 156.36 97 (London-Groveport Road) Interchange fully opened August 17, 2012[9]
Grove City 98.85 159.08 99 Hoover Road - Grove City Proposed
Grove City 100.60 161.90 100 Stringtown Road - Grove City
Jackson Township 101.68 163.64 101  - Dayton, Wheeling Signed as exits 101A (east) & 101B (west) northbound; I-270 exits 55A-B.
Columbus 103.86 167.15 104 / Frank Road
105.43 169.67 105 Greenlawn Avenue
106.33 171.12 106A west - Dayton South end of I-70 overlap; exit numbers switch to follow I-70's mileposts
106B north - Worthington
107.07-
107.17
172.31-
172.47
100A south (High Street) / Front Street No northbound entrance; southbound exit is via exit 100B
107.41 172.86 100B north (Fourth Street) / Livingston Avenue (US 33)
107.90-
108.10
173.65-
173.97
107 east - Wheeling North end of I-70 overlap
108.20 174.13 108A Main Street No northbound exit
108.63 174.82 108B (Broad Street)
108.93 175.31 109B Spring Street - Downtown Southbound exit and northbound entrance
109.38 176.03 109A Leonard Avenue Northbound exit only
109.16-
109.61
175.68-
176.40
109A  - Port Columbus International Airport, Dayton Signed as exits 109A (west) and 109B (east) northbound
110.16 177.29 110A Fifth Avenue No northbound exit
110.68 178.12 110B 11th Avenue
111.15 178.88 111 17th Avenue Access to the Ohio State Fairgrounds & Expo Center, Ohio History Center & Columbus Crew Stadium
112.33 180.78 112 Hudson Street Access to Columbus Crew Stadium
112.98 181.82 113 Weber Road
113.46 182.60 114 North Broadway
114.53 184.32 115 Cooke Road
115.58 186.01 116 Morse Road, Sinclair Road
117.53 189.15 117 (Dublin-Granville Road)
119.21-
119.23
191.85-
191.88
119  - Dayton, Wheeling Signed as exits 119A (east) and 119B (west) southbound; I-270 west exit 26, east exits 26A-B.
Delaware 121.45-
121.92
195.45-
196.21
121 (Gemini Parking lot / Polaris / Gemini / Ikea) / Ikea Way / Polaris Parkway[10] Eastern terminus of SR 750, connects using Gemini Place southbound. Access to Polaris Shopping Center.
Berkshire Township 130.64 210.24 131 /  - Delaware, Sunbury
Morrow Bennington Township 140.15 225.55 140  - Sunbury, Mount Gilead, Galion
Chester-Franklin
township line
151.09 243.16 151  - Fredericktown, Mount Gilead
Richland Washington Township-Bellville
village line
165.25 265.94 165  - Lexington, Bellville
Washington Township-Mansfield
city line
168.81 271.67 169  - Mansfield, Bellville
Madison Township 172.97 278.37 173  - Mansfield, Lucas
Mifflin Township 176.91 284.71 176  - Mansfield, Wooster
Ashland Montgomery Township 186.71 300.48 186  - Ashland, Wooster
Wayne Congress Township 196.31 315.93 196  - West Salem Northbound exit and southbound entrance
197.92 318.52 198  - West Salem, Congress
Medina Harrisville Township 203.89 328.13 204  - Lodi, Wooster
Westfield Township 209.51 337.17 209 /  - Lodi, Akron Signed as exits 209A (I-76/US 224 east) and 209B (US 224 west); western terminus of I-76 (Ohio), east exit 1, west exits 1A-B
Medina Township 218.86 352.22 218  - Akron, Medina
220.71 355.20 220 north - Erie Northbound exit and southbound entrance
222.91 358.74 222  - Hinckley, Medina
Brunswick 226.03 363.76 226  - Brunswick, Hinckley
Cuyahoga Strongsville 231.26 372.18 231 (Royalton Road) - Strongsville, North Royalton Signed as exits 231A (east) and 231B (west) southbound
233.06 375.07 233 /  - Toledo, Youngstown I-80/OH Turnpike exit 161.
Middleburg Heights 234.21 376.92 234  - Strongsville, Parma Heights
235.37 378.79 235 Bagley Road - Berea, Middleburg Heights
Brook Park 237.53 382.27 237 Snow Road, Engle Road - Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Signed as exits 237A (east) and 237B (west) southbound
Brook Park-Cleveland
city line
238.77 384.26 238  - Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Toledo, Youngstown Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Cleveland 239.26 385.05 238/239 west / south - Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Berea, Toledo Southbound exit and northbound entrance
240.57 387.16 240 West 150th Street
241.85 389.22 242A West 130th Street Signed as exit 242 southbound
Cleveland-Linndale
city line
242.41 390.12 242B Bellaire Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Cleveland 244.5 393.5 244 Denison Avenue, West 65th Street Northbound exit and southbound entrance
245.48-
246.20
395.06-
396.22
245 / / (Pearl Road, West 25th Street) / Fulton Road
246.6 396.9 246 south - Parma Southbound exit and northbound entrance
246.98 397.48 247A West 14th Street, Clark Avenue Northbound exit and southbound entrance
247.56 398.41 247B east to Northbound exit and southbound entrance; I-490 exit 1A
247.56 398.41 247B west - Toledo Northbound exit and southbound entrance. I-90 exit 170B.
247.81 398.81 -- east - Downtown Cleveland Northern terminus; I-90 exit 170B.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary routes

  • I-471 - links downtown Cincinnati with Interstate 275
  • I-271 - provides access to Cleveland's eastern suburbs and enables travelers on Interstate 71 to access Interstate 90 east without going through Cleveland proper.

See also

Sports rivalries involving cities on I-71

References

External links

Route map: Google

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