- Associated Press - Monday, May 25, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - An interstate tunnel in downtown Cincinnati will get a major overhaul during construction beginning soon that will last into fall 2017.

The Ohio Department of Transportation says work that will improve safety for tunnel traffic begins May 26 on the Lytle (LEYE’-tel) Tunnel. It carries Interstate 71 under Lytle Park and Fourth and Fifth streets.

The $30 million project will upgrade lighting, repair concrete and tiles, and modernize mechanical and ventilation systems in a tunnel opened to traffic in 1970. Cameras and a fire detection system also will be installed.

Transportation authorities say they will try to schedule highway closures in a way to avoid major downtown events such as this July’s baseball All-Star Game and the annual Flying Pig Marathon.

The park above it will have long-term closures.


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