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Weather delays construction projects and repairs

CINCINNATI (Adam Clements) -- The snow and the cold have made things difficult for drivers on the roads this winter season.

They've also presented a challenge to the folks in charge of fixing those roads.
Drivers at State Route 32 at I-275 have seen those flashing yellow lights.
Those lights were supposed to be live and active about three weeks ago. Mother Nature has had other plans.
 
The current ramps that merge both north and southbound I-275 with State Route 32 were supposed to be permanently closed in favor of a new ramp configuration complete with stop lights.

Large amounts of snow and sub-zero temperatures through much of January and into February have sidelined crews since January 21st.

Across the river, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is dealing with the same issues. Nancy Wood, with the cabinet, says crews have not been able to keep up with emergency repairs on certain stretches of Northern Kentucky highways. "We're just at the mercy of Mother Nature again. We try to do the emergency repairs when we can, sometimes construction projects just don't happen during the winter months, though."
 
In Ohio, officials with ODOT are hopeful things warm up soon. They say they hope the flashing yellow lights will finally go live next Tuesday.

Construction season for transportation departments in Ohio and Kentucky runs from April through November, but crews will still try to work on certain projects in off months.


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