I-71 Closed South of Cincinnati Avoid This Area

I-71 Closed South of Cincinnati: “Avoid This Area”

I-71 Closed South of Cincinnati: “Avoid This Area”: The Gallatin County section of Interstate 71 is again closed, according to Kentucky State Police, because of weather-related impassable roadways and broken-down vehicles. No reports of collisions, though. Lanes heading north are blocked. Streets are available for southbound travel, although it is sluggish.

According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, southbound I-71 is again open after many accidents in Gallatin County early on Friday morning.

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The sheriff’s office said the event occurred close to milepost 63 on I-71. Around midday, crashes that occurred south of Boone County forced the closure of southbound I-71 at the I-75/I-71 interchange.

Around 1:30 p.m., the interstate was reopened. Gov. Andy Beshear had advised motorists to avoid I-71 in Northern Kentucky due to the poor condition of the roads just a few hours ago.

Gov. Beshear advised people to stay indoors and off the roadways to keep safe. “Adding another car to the backups is not the best assistance approach. I-71 should not be used at all. Due to backups and the potential length of your stranding, it is dangerous.

Since snow and temperatures began to plummet rapidly on Thursday night, Kentucky’s steep roadways have been mainly concerned for semis. On I-275 at the Carroll Lee Cropper Bridge in Northern Kentucky, many semis were struck, stopping all traffic.

According to Boone County dispatchers, it occurred at about 10:15 p.m. as the arctic front was approaching. In an attempt to climb a hill just across the Carroll Cropper Bridge over the Ohio River, two semi-trucks headed towards Kentucky, and a few more cars skidded.

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For most of Friday morning, the eastbound lanes of Interstate 275 in Boone County were intermittently shut down for hours. Nearly four hours were lost during the initial closure. Around 2:00 a.m., the interstate reopened.