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Interstate 71 miscellany thread (Ohio Mile 61 to Cleveland)
« on: August 25, 2015, 05:05:55 PM »

This thread for general discussion of Interstate 71 in the Great Lakes region, which I've decided includes the portions in Ohio from the Greene–Fayette county line to Cleveland. [rationale] [see also Ohio Valley counterpart]



I'm actually having trouble coming up with something specific to start the thread that doesn't already have its own thread.  Hudson Street overpass replacement in Columbus maybe?  Upcoming widening projects south of I-70?  Those long-distance travel time signs that seem to think traffic moves at 61 MPH in the best case scenario?
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Re: Interstate 71 miscellany thread (Ohio Mile 61 to Cleveland)
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2015, 07:18:32 PM »

At least one of the southbound mileage signs (the one after the US 30 Mansfield interchange) has the correct distance to Cincinnati now (176 miles instead of 181).  The other one south of Belleville has not yet been replaced.  It shows Cincinnati at 169 miles when it should be 164.

Just drove on I-71 to I-76 and from I-271 to Cincinnati last week.  The sections north of Columbus are very smooth and three-laned.
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Re: Interstate 71 miscellany thread (Ohio Mile 61 to Cleveland)
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2015, 10:04:14 PM »

I moved from Youngstown to Indianapolis in January 1997.   Finally nice last month to drive back on a three lane 71 with no construction.

We will need to resurrect this thread at Thanksgiving.  I'm curious if the completion of the third lane will keep 71 northbound from Columbus from being a parking lot on Wednesday night.  After spending a couple of years where it took three hours or so to get from 270 to 76, we learned alternate routes.  Mostly 69 to 469 to 30 to 77 to 76.
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Re: Interstate 71 miscellany thread (Ohio Mile 61 to Cleveland)
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2015, 03:48:01 AM »

Lots of work in the median now for the widening project from OH 665 to Stringtown Road in Grove City. I imagine once that's done, the need for improvements at the 270 interchange will be felt even more strongly.
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Re: Interstate 71 miscellany thread (Ohio Mile 61 to Cleveland)
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2015, 07:15:50 PM »

I was on 71 earlier this month and noticed that there are blue median mile markers every 0.2 miles from Columbus all the way to Cleveland, and in many cases the green ones on the shoulder side were gone. Are they phasing out the green ones?
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Re: Interstate 71 miscellany thread (Ohio Mile 61 to Cleveland)
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2016, 06:07:42 PM »

The project to reconfigure access to Stringtown Rd from 71 south and 270 is being pushed up, and could start as soon as next year:

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Re: Interstate 71 miscellany thread (Ohio Mile 61 to Cleveland)
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2016, 09:17:29 AM »

It looks a bit like the project scope stops just shy of fixing the deficient merge of the I-71 SB to I-270 WB ramp where it meets the accelerating NB to WB ramp.
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Re: Interstate 71 miscellany thread (Ohio Mile 61 to Cleveland)
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2017, 02:27:44 PM »

They are now calling this the "South Side Mega Fix" and it includes widening I-71 from Stringtown Rd to I-70/OH 315

http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D06/projects/Documents/South%20Side%20Mega%20Fix/South%20Side%20Mega%20Fix%20Fact%20Sheet%202017.pdf
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Re: Interstate 71 miscellany thread (Ohio Mile 61 to Cleveland)
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2020, 10:56:24 AM »

I don't recall seeing this project mentioned elsewhere, and I figure it fits this thread:

Currently listed under TRAC tier II is this project to add an interchange on I-71 at Big Walnut Road. This would be exit 124, 3 miles north of Polaris Parkway/Gemini Place, 7 miles south of US 36/OH 37. Construction could start in 2023 at the earliest.

https://engineer.co.delaware.oh.us/projects/bigwalnutinterchange/
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Re: Interstate 71 miscellany thread (Ohio Mile 61 to Cleveland)
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2020, 04:40:12 PM »

I think I noticed that in the MORPC long-range transportation plan
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Re: Interstate 71 miscellany thread (Ohio Mile 61 to Cleveland)
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2020, 07:10:36 PM »

Today on I-71 north of Columbus I noticed a new (to me anyway) sign that updates the travel times to US 30 and I believe I-76 (only got a brief glimpse due to a semi.) I think it was north of the Polaris exit, but it may have been north of US 36/OH 37.
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Re: Interstate 71 miscellany thread (Ohio Mile 61 to Cleveland)
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2020, 07:14:19 PM »

That's been there for a few years. Like other rural travel signs in Ohio, they never seem to indicate a faster time than if one traveled at a constant 62 MPH, even though the speed limits on rural Interstates in Ohio is 70.
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