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Interstate 71 North - Cincinnati

Interstate 71 North
Interstates 71 & 75 enter Ohio and quickly part ways from the north end of the Brent Spence Bridge at Exit 1B. Interstate 71 north merges with U.S. 50 east along southern reaches of downtown near both Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ballpark; Interstate 75 continues northwest along the west edge of the Cincinnati central business district. U.S. 50 leaves Interstate 71 south for the 6th Street Expressway along the north banks of the Ohio River. The tandem northbound travel the lower deck of the Brent Spence Bridge. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Emerging from the lower deck of the Brent Spence Bridge, Interstate 71 north & U.S. 50 east turn east, splitting with a ramp onto 2nd Street at Paul Brown Stadium nearby. Interstate 75 partitions into ramps immediately for 5th Street east into downtown and U.S. 50 (6th Street Expressway) west to River Road. Interstate 71 heads northeast from Cincinnati to Columbus and Cleveland; Interstate 75 joins the Queen City with Dayton and Toledo. Photo taken 11/14/04. The replacement overheads are pictured in the image taken 06/04/08.
The first ramp to depart Interstate 71 beyond the split with Interstate 75 in downtown Cincinnati is that of the unnumbered exit to Second Street for the Downtown Riverfront. Interstate 71 travels parallel to 2nd and 3rd Streets between the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge (U.S. 42 & 127) and Great American Ballpark. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Cincinnati's skyline rises along the northern side of Interstate 71 as U.S. 50 merges in from the Interstate 75 southbound on-ramp. U.S. 27 may or may not follow 2nd Street from Central Avenue east to Pete Rose Way and Great American Ballpark (home of MLB's Cincinnati Reds). The 2nd Street off-ramp otherwise provides access to Paul Brown Stadium, NFL home of the Cincinnati Bengals. Photo taken 11/14/04.
U.S. 50 and Interstate 71 do not spend much time together as the federal highway quickly parts ways for Fort Washington Way and Columbia Parkway. The connection facilitates the movements onto Interstate 471 (Dan Beard Bridge) southbound into Newport, Kentucky and to U.S. 52 (Eastern Avenue) east toward Lunken Airport. Photo taken 11/14/04.
A cable-stayed pedestrian bridge spans Interstate 71 & U.S. 50 at Elm Street opposite Paul Brown Stadium. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Interstate 471 joins downtown Cincinnati with Newport, Kentucky and U.S. 27 at Interstate 275. The freeway spans the Ohio River on the Dan Beard Bridge, a yellow-painted tied arch bridge. Photo taken 11/14/04.

Interstate 71 essentially exits itself via a partial "Y" interchange with U.S. 50 (Fort Washington Way) near junction Interstate 471. Interstate 471 north merges onto Interstate 71 north with connections to Interstate 71 made from the Fort Washington Way freeway connector. U.S. 50 otherwise follows Columbia Parkway east to Mount Adams and East Walnut Hills on the drive to Fairfax and Mariemont. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Interstate 71 splits with U.S. 50 at another unnumbered exit. U.S. 50 east continues east a short distance to the ramps onto Interstate 471 south and U.S. 52 (Eastern Avenue) east. Interstate 471 travels six miles to junction Interstate 275 & U.S. 27 at Highland Heights, Kentucky. U.S. 52 follows the Ohio River southeast to the Riverbend Music Center and River Downs on the drive to New Richmond. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Traveling along the 40-mph curve from Fort Washington Way, US Bank Arena, downtown Cincinnati's entertainment venue comes into view. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Drivers continue along the curve and pass underneath the U.S. 50 (Fort Washington Way) mainline ahead of a cut and cover tunnel under 4th and 5th Streets. Photos taken 11/14/04.

Interstate 71 emerges from the tunnel and merges with Interstate 471 north ahead of the Exit 2 off-ramp to U.S. 42 (Reading Road). U.S. 42 follows Reading Road northward from Central Avenue to north Cincinnati and Arlington Heights. Eden Park Drive travels east-west between Reading Road and U.S. 22 & Ohio 3 (Gilbert Avenue) at Eden Park. Photo taken 11/14/04.
A series of ramps and a pedestrian overpass cross Interstate 71 ahead of the left-hand Exit 2 ramp to Eden Park Drive. U.S. 42 continues north through the Mount Auburn and Walnut Hills communities to Avondale on its northward drive to Sharonville. Eden Park Drive meets Exit 2 with Florence Avenue north and Dorchester Avenue west. Nearby U.S. 22 & Ohio 3 shadow Interstate 71 northward through Norwood, Silverton, and Montgomery. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Exit 2 partitions into its ramps for Eden Park Road east / Florence Avenue north and U.S. 42 (Reading Road) north. Florence Avenue ties into U.S. 22 & Ohio 3 (Gilbert Avenue) to the northeast while U.S. 42 northbound merges with the Exit 2 ramp from the left. Photo taken 06/04/08.
A partial "y" interchange brings drivers onto Interstate 71 north from U.S. 42 (Reading Road adjacent to Exit 2. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Interstate 71 next meets Dana Avenue and Montgomery Road at Exit 5 within the Evanston community of Cincinnati near Norwood. Exit 5 joins the freeway with parallel Duck Creek Road, midway between its intersections with U.S. 22 & Ohio 3 (Montgomery Road) and Dana Avenue). Photo taken 11/14/04.
Attached to the Woodburn Avenue overpass is this approach guide sign for Exit 5. Dana Avenue leads west from U.S. 22 & Ohio 3 (Montgomery Road) to Xavier University. Interests to the Cincinnati Zoo should use Dana Avenue west to Victory Parkway, Rockdale Avenue, and Forest Avenue west. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Exit 5 departs Interstate 71 for adjacent Duck Creek Road. U.S. 22 & Ohio 3 (Montgomery Road) continue north from Duck Creek Road into Norwood and south to Gilbert Avenue in Evanston Cincinnati. Dana Avenue east ends at Madison Road and Observatory Avenue within the Hyde Park neighborhood. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Meeting Interstate 71 next is Ohio 561 (Edwards Road) at the Exit 6 split-diamond interchange with Edmonson Road / Smith Road and Williams Avenue. Ohio 561 follows Edwards Road south through Hyde Park to Linwood Avenue and junction U.S. 50. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Beyond the partial-cloverleaf interchange with Dana Avenue, Interstate 71 approaches the Exit 6 off-ramp to Edmonson Road east to Ohio 561 (Edwards Road) south and Smith Road north to Ohio 561 through Norwood. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Northbound Interstate 71 at the Exit 6 ramp departure to Smith Road north and Edmonson Road east. Ohio 561 consists of a nine-mile long state highway between U.S. 50 (Columbia Parkway) at Ohio 125 (Beechmont Avenue) in the Linwood community and Ohio 4 (Paddock Road) in the Roselawn section of the city. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Ohio 562 (Norwood Lateral) and Interstate 71 come together at the Exit 8A/B directional cloverleaf in east Norwood. The state highway follows an east-west freeway linking Interstate 71 and Norwood with Interstate 75 at St. Bernard. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Ohio 562 west travels through Norwood on a three-mile trip to junction Interstate 75 within St. Bernard. Interchanges join the route with U.S. 22 & Ohio 3-561 (Montgomery Road), U.S. 42 (Reading Road), and Ohio 4 (Paddock Road). Photo taken 11/14/04.
Exit 8A joins Interstate 71 north with the Norwood Lateral freeway's east end at Ridge Avenue. This connection leads drivers south onto Ridge Avenue into the Oakley section of the city. Exit 8C directly connects the freeway with Ridge Avenue north to the Pleasant Ridge section of north Cincinnati. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Interstate 71 north at the Norwood Lateral eastbound ramp to Ridge Avenue south. Ridge Avenue ends at Madison Road and Marburg Avenue within Oakley. Duck Creek Road also stems east from the freeway end to Eastwood and red Bank Expressway. Photo taken 11/14/04.
A left-hand on-ramp adds motorists from Ohio 562 eastbound at the Exit 8B loop ramp onto the Norwood Lateral westbound. Ohio 562 west to Interstate 75 north leads to Elmwood Place and south to the Clifton neighborhood of the city. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Exit 8C quickly follows as a loop ramp directly onto Ridge Avenue north to Pleasant Ridge and the city of Amberley. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Interstate 71 leaves the city of Cincinnati for a swath of unincorporated Hamilton County on the 0.75-mile approach to Red Bank Road (Exit 9). Red Bank Expressway stems south from a tri-level stack interchange to the Eastwood section of east Cincinnati and Fairfax. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Red Bank Road passes under Interstate 71 at the Exit 9 ramp departure to Red Bank Expressway south. Red Bank Road / Expressway travels south from Madison Road to junction U.S. 50 within Fairfax. Despite the Expressway name, the road travels at-grade with signalized intersections. Photo taken 11/14/04.
The Exit 9 tri-level stack interchange lies one mile south of the Stewart Road loop ramp (Exit 10). Stewart Road heads north from Madison Road in Eastwood alongside Red Bank Expressway and Interstate 71 to Silverton. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Passing under the flyover ramps to and from Red Bank Expressway on Interstate 71 north. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Drivers merging onto Interstate 71 north from Exit 9 form an exit-only lane for Stewart Road. Stewart Road continues north from the freeway to junction U.S. 22 & Ohio 3 (Montgomery Road) within Silverton. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Exit 10 departs Interstate 71 north for Stewart Road in Silverton. U.S. 22 & Ohio 3 (Montgomery Road) west continues to the Kennedy Heights section of northeast Cincinnati. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Exit 11 consists of a half-diamond interchange with Kenwood Road south of junction U.S. 22 & Ohio 3 (Montgomery Road) at the Kenwood Towne Centre mall and north of Madeira. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Interstate 71 curves northeast and crosses paths with U.S. 22 & Ohio 3 (Montgomery Road) at the Exit 12 diamond interchange. The tandem continue east from the Deer Park area to north Madeira and Montgomery. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Next in line for northbound motorists is the Exit 14 partial-cloverleaf interchange with Ohio 126 (Ronald Reagan Highway). Ohio 126 constitutes a full freeway leading east from Interstate 71 to Interstate 71 in north Cincinnati and Interstate 275 west of North College Hill. Photo taken 11/14/04.
All traffic interests to Ohio 126 (Ronald Reagan Highway) depart Interstate 71 in unison at Exit 14. The connection is not high speed as traffic lights exist along Ohio 126 at Exit 14. Ohio 126 merges briefly with U.S. 22 & Ohio 3 (Montgomery Road) nearby to make the connection with Milford Road in Indian Hill. A stub end remains at the Montgomery Road trumpet interchange from an unconstructed three-mile extension east to Interstate 275. This freeway section is unbuilt due to opposition from Indian Hill residents.1. Westward, Ohio 126 ventures to Blue Ash, Reading, and junction Interstate 75 at Arlington Heights. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Interstate 275 debuts on Interstate 71 northbound signage at the Exit 15 diamond interchange with Pfeiffer Road. Pfeiffer Road travels east through Montgomery to junction U.S. 22 & Ohio 3 (Montgomery Road) near Bethesda North Hospital. Westward Pfeiffer Road name changes to Glendale Milford Road en route through Blue Ash and Evendale. Blue Ash Airport (ISZ) lies nearby. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Drawing to within three quarters of a mile of the directional-cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 275, the Cincinnati beltway (Exit 17). Interstate 275 skims the northern suburbs between Milford and Forest Park. Connections touted here include Interstate 75 north to Middletown and Dayton, and Ohio 32 east to Batavia. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Interstate 71 north expands to four lanes in anticipation of the Exit 17 ramp departure to Interstate 275. Interstate 275 travels 84 miles around Cincinnati and Covington, Kentucky, providing bypass options to Interstate 74 west to Indianapolis, Interstates 71 & 75 south to Louisville and Lexington, and Interstate 71 north to Columbus. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Exit 17 carries drivers bound for Interstate 275 in unison from Interstate 71 north. Interstate 275 travels southeast to Montgomery, Loveland, and Indian hill on the 14 mile drive to Ohio 32. Interstate 275 west meanwhile nips Blue Ash ahead of Sharonville and junction Interstate 75 six miles away. Photo taken 11/14/04.
Cornell Road passes over Interstate 71 north at the Exit 17 ramp departure. Interstate 275 continues west from Sharonville to Springdale and Fairfield and south seven miles to Milford. Photo taken 11/12/04.

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Page Updated September 24, 2008.