Traffic pattern change causing back ups for drivers heading east from downtown
We asked on Facebook and Marietta wrote, "Everyone I know is going crazy over traffic."
"The commute from Downtown to Middletown takes longer and longer every day," posted Marcella.
WDRB News reporter Danielle Lama decided to document her own journey Wednesday, leaving the station at around 5:15 p.m.
She put a camera in her car, getting on I-64 East at Main St. and 9th, then inching forward. It took Lama about 30 minutes to get to the ramp to I-71 North, where drivers now have to merge with another lane of traffic.
"We have noticed certainly congestion and some delays there," said Ohio River Bridges Project Spokesperson Mindy Peterson.
She says the new ramps and a new traffic pattern are bringing more cars from I-65 North into the mix with people trying to stay on I-64 East or take I-71 North.
It's been backing things up all week.
"It is important to note that this is a temporary configuration," Peterson said. "This is not what the final product looks like, but the reason why we have to make this shift is we need room to work and crews have to have room to get in and build new lanes."
Peterson says even though it's temporary, the changes are still scheduled to last several months. But she tells WDRB News engineers are aware traffic isn't flowing well and they're looking for a solution.
"It could be extending a merge or giving traffic more room or making an adjustment with a ramp. Or if there's a place you can open another lane or get just a little more width or capacity in there, those are some of the things they would be looking at," Peterson said.
It ended up taking Lama 40 minutes to go about nine miles, from downtown to the Brownsboro Road exit off the Watterson. Peterson suggests people also consider taking different routes home.