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‘Texas Turnaround’ Begins On I-74/275 Friday

Posted On September 03, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

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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.

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Illustration courtesy Ohio Department of Transportation.

3 comments
brenda40tc
brenda40tc

Are there alternative routes to take FRON going east on river road to perhaps 128 to pick up 74/275 or will it be closed too.I work Close to tri county mall so I'm not aware of alternative ways to get there from lawrenceburg..

ginagirl
ginagirl

@brenda40tc This is for people coming I-74 from downtown Cincinnati, then jumping on I-275 towards Tri-County.  They will be unable to make that right turn. Instead, they will have to come down to SR-128 and make this crazy loop to head back towards Tri-County.

StephanieTaylor
StephanieTaylor

@brenda40tc  If you are already on 275/74 northbound, it will not change for you.  It is coming or going onto 74E where the problems lie.