‘Texas Turnaround’ Begins On I-74/275 Friday
By Mike Perleberg
Illustration courtesy Ohio Department of Transportation.
(Hamilton County, Oh.) – Drivers on Interstate 74/275 in western Hamilton County will get to mess with a Texas Turnaround starting Friday, September 5.
The Ohio Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that two ramps at the I-74/275 split in Colerain Township will need to be closed as part of work operations. To accommodate motorists needing to access the exits, a Texas Turnaround will be set up.
A Texas Turnaround isn’t a line dancing move. Rather, it is an extended U-turn adding about five minutes to a motorists commute under normal conditions on I-74/275. In this case it will be implemented in two phases.
The first closure is for the ramp from westbound I-74 to northbound I-275. It will start Friday and last 30 days. According to ODTO, westbound I-74 traffic wishing to access northbound I-275 will continue west on I-74, and exit at Exit 7/SR 128/Miamitown where traffic can access the far left lane to access a dedicated lane that will carry traffic to eastbound I-74 for eventual access to northbound I-275. Traffic accessing the turnaround will not wait on a traffic signal.
The second phase (shown in the diagram below) to start after the first phase will last 30 days. It will shut down the ramp from I-275 soutbound to I-74 eastbound. Motorists will be diverted to the same turnaround at Exit 7.
During these Texas Turnaround closures, the ramp from SR 128 to westbound I-74 and the park and ride lot on SR 128 will be closed.
Video of the Texas Turnaround by ODOT can be viewed here.