REMINDER - Lytle Tunnel Work To Require Overnight, Weekend Closures

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Overnight Closures Of Lytle Tunnel

Lebanon (Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020) - The Interstate 71 Lytle Tunnel will be closed during the overnight hours tonight and this weekend, for regularly scheduled maintenance operations.

Northbound I-71 will be closed at the I-71/75 split Thursday, Sept. 17, at 10 p.m., and continuing until 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18. In addition, the following restrictions and ramp closures will also be in effect:

  • Fourth Street entrance ramp to I-71 North in Covington, KY will be closed, and traffic will be detoured via the Twelfth Street entrance ramp to northbound I-71/75.
  • Second Street entrance ramp to I-71 North in Cincinnati will be closed; traffic will be routed by way of the Fifth Street entrance ramp to northbound I-71.
  • Access to the tunnel from eastbound Fort Washington Way (I-71/U.S. 50) will be prohibited; however, U.S. 50 East will remain open.

All restrictions following the closures on Thursday night will be lifted by 5 a.m. Friday. 

Then, on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18 and 19, southbound I-71 will be closed at Exit 2 and through the tunnel from 10 p.m. each night to 9 a.m. the following day. The following ramp closures will also be in effect for southbound I-71:

  • U.S. 42/Eden Park Drive entrance ramp will be closed, and motorists may follow the Liberty Street entrance ramp to southbound I-471 and follow I-71 detour.
  • Third Street exit ramp to I-71 South will be closed, and motorists detour via Gilbert Avenue/Reading Road to access downtown.

While the tunnel is closed in the northbound direction, I-71 traffic will be detoured via I-75 North to S.R. 562/Norwood Lateral and I-71, and when it is closed southbound, traffic will be detoured by way of I-471 and I-275 West to I-71/I-75 or via the Norwood Lateral and I-75 South. 

Arrow boards and/or signs will be in place to alert motorists of the upcoming work zone and restrictions. All work is contingent upon the weather, and for ongoing traffic, construction and weather-related information across the state, please visit

For more information contact:
ODOT District 8 Public Information
Kathleen Fuller, 513-933-6517
Liz Lyons, 513-933-6534. logo

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