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Old 11-19-2020, 11:39 AM   #15
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At least "Death Hill", the KY section of I-75 leading down to the bridge, was upgraded. Many deaths on this stretch likely resulted in priority over replacing the bridge. That said, we may start using the I 275 bypass instead of the bridge.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_75_in_Kentucky
Like I was saying above, I've only been on this highway once (NB, in August) and that was in my Ford Explorer. That was enough to convince me I wanted NOTHING to do with trying to navigate my RV through there! The bypass in either direction is easily worth the few extra minutes that it MAY cost you.
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Hi TimmyB. Kind of a slow afternoon here, so I checked Google maps since we go through Cincinnati a few times per year. The I-275 Eastern bypass is 14 miles longer than taking I-75 straight through, but driving time is only 3 minutes longer (50 vs. 47 minutes), and it seems like there is always construction when driving through town. The only downside of using the bypass is some pretty long hills soon after starting from the southern end but I am now a believer for using I-275.

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Like I was saying above, I've only been on this highway once (NB, in August) and that was in my Ford Explorer. That was enough to convince me I wanted NOTHING to do with trying to navigate my RV through there! The bypass in either direction is easily worth the few extra minutes that it MAY cost you.
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Hi TimmyB. Kind of a slow afternoon here, so I checked Google maps since we go through Cincinnati a few times per year. The I-275 Eastern bypass is 14 miles longer than taking I-75 straight through, but driving time is only 3 minutes longer (50 vs. 47 minutes), and it seems like there is always construction when driving through town. The only downside of using the bypass is some pretty long hills soon after starting from the southern end but I am now a believer for using I-275.
We take it both ways, East and West. East if we're going to the REV center for repairs, West if we're headed to Michigan via Indy. Never had a single issue and it's like you're not even near a big city for much of it. This is the third downtown that I avoid at all costs, Louisville and Nashville being the other two.
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The bypass east isn't really that bad. I've gotten used to taking that. Problem is since the bridge is closed everyone will be going that way. Not looking forward to next Wednesday's drive.
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Something to ponder. With the cost to repair the bridge estimated at 3+ million dollars, I wonder if those at fault for the damage have adequate insurance?
My thoughts also. So who is at fault? The jackknifed semi or the one that hit him?
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The bypass east isn't really that bad. I've gotten used to taking that. Problem is since the bridge is closed everyone will be going that way. Not looking forward to next Wednesday's drive.
Yep. We have to travel the weekend of Dec 11 and we were hoping 75 would be open by then for just that reason. Good news is, it's a weekend!
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My thoughts also. So who is at fault? The jackknifed semi or the one that hit him?
I guess it depends on why the first truck jackknifed. Mechanical? Fall Asleep? someone in front of him/her do something crazy? Debris fall from above or maybe fell from a vehicle in front of him/her? The truck that hit him, following too close? sleepy?

If the government can ascertain who caused damage to their facility, they can and will bill the at fault driver.
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This is the third downtown that I avoid at all costs, Louisville and Nashville being the other two.
IMHO, Louisville is easy on I-65, now that they (IN & KY DOT) have totally rebuilt the downtown spaghetti bowl to accommodate the new Ohio River bridge for the NB side of 65. The old Kennedy bridge is all 65 SB, now. If you don't like downtown, there is a new bridge on I-275 around the east side of Louisville connecting to I-65. (All I-65 bridges and the I-275 bridge are toll, via license plate cameras.

I would definitely agree with you about Nashville, having lived here 22 years. Although east-west, there is the I-40/I-840/I-40 bypass around the south side. Eastbound I-40 to NB I-65 or I-24, would recommend using Briley parkway on the northwest side.


North-south on I-65 or or east-west on I-24, my best recommendation is to come thru town before 6:00 AM or after 8:00 PM. Living 20 mi. southeast of downtown, it's seems better to avoid coming thru during the afternoon/evening commute time.
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We cross that bridge a few times a year. Always hate traveling with the trailer. But crossing in the MH. My knuckles were getting white. Last time across I said it would be 275.

Now I think it's going to be Mayville,my we will be crosding.
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We cross that bridge a few times a year. Always hate traveling with the trailer. But crossing in the MH. My knuckles were getting white. Last time across I said it would be 275.

Now I think it's going to be Mayville,my we will be crosding.
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IMHO, Louisville is easy on I-65, now that they (IN & KY DOT) have totally rebuilt the downtown spaghetti bowl to accommodate the new Ohio River bridge for the NB side of 65. The old Kennedy bridge is all 65 SB, now. If you don't like downtown, there is a new bridge on I-275 around the east side of Louisville connecting to I-65. (All I-65 bridges and the I-275 bridge are toll, via license plate cameras.

I would definitely agree with you about Nashville, having lived here 22 years. Although east-west, there is the I-40/I-840/I-40 bypass around the south side. Eastbound I-40 to NB I-65 or I-24, would recommend using Briley parkway on the northwest side.


North-south on I-65 or or east-west on I-24, my best recommendation is to come thru town before 6:00 AM or after 8:00 PM. Living 20 mi. southeast of downtown, it's seems better to avoid coming thru during the afternoon/evening commute time.
I despise Louisville because the lanes seem narrower and the curves are non-stop. Driving a car through there requires every ounce of concentration and looking at other cars, it's obvious most of the drivers are not giving it every ounce! The nice thing is, traveling between MI and FL, we have discovered taking 74 from Indy over to 275 to 75 around Cincy and then down to Knoxville as opposed to Louisville and Nashville is MUCH less stressful. The mountains are not as severe, the traffic is not as bad, and you avoid DT in both those cities, plus DT Chattanooga.
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Looks like Google wants us to get off on some side street and then cross over the river. I don't I'm going to do that. I'm sure that is going to be a mess during rush hour.
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Looks like Google wants us to get off on some side street and then cross over the river. I don't I'm going to do that. I'm sure that is going to be a mess during rush hour.
OK, just for fun, I got my Garmin RV780 out, made sure all software and maps were up to date, made sure it was connected to my Drive app on my phone (which gives it traffic updates, etc.), and it still wants me to go over the Spence Bridge!!! What the heck?

I thought these were supposed to be able to reroute you if a road was closed like this but if it requires a map update to do so, that is really poor! It should definitely be able to know that a road is completely closed.

Not encouraging, to say the least. Fortunately, we all know about this in time to reroute ourselves around it, but heaven help those that don't!
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OK, just for fun, I got my Garmin RV780 out, made sure all software and maps were up to date, made sure it was connected to my Drive app on my phone (which gives it traffic updates, etc.), and it still wants me to go over the Spence Bridge!!! What the heck?

I thought these were supposed to be able to reroute you if a road was closed like this but if it requires a map update to do so, that is really poor! It should definitely be able to know that a road is completely closed.

Not encouraging, to say the least. Fortunately, we all know about this in time to reroute ourselves around it, but heaven help those that don't!
I'm curious to see what mine will say when I get there. It usually wants to take me around in 275. I try to check Waze just to see how bad the traffic shows before I decide which way to go.
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