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Interstate 471 (I-471) is a 5.75-mile-long (9.25 km) United States Interstate Highway, linking Interstate 71 in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio to Interstate 275 in Highland Heights, Kentucky. South of I-275, the expressway continues south to U.S. Route 27 as unsigned Kentucky Route 471.

Interstate 471 marker

Interstate 471
I-471 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I‑71
Maintained by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and ODOT
Length5.75 mi[1] (9.25 km)
Major junctions
South end US 27 in Highland Heights, KY
  I-275 in Highland Heights
US 27 in Southgate, KY
US 50 in Cincinnati, OH
North end I-71 in Cincinnati
StatesKentucky, Ohio
CountiesKY: Campbell
OH: Hamilton
Highway system
KY 470KYKY 472


Route descriptionEdit

Daniel Carter Beard Bridge

The southern terminus of I-471 is at an interchange with I–275 and US 27. I-471 heads northwest, then turns northeast having an interchange with US 27 in Southgate. After US 27, I-471 turns back northwest heading towards Cincinnati. On the way to Cincinnati, I-471 passes through the east side of Newport. On the east side of Newport, I-471 has an interchange with Kentucky Route 8 (KY 8). I-471 crosses the Ohio River using the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, a Cincinnati landmark. After the Ohio River crossing, I-471 has an interchange with U.S. Route 50. After the interchange with US 50, I-471 has an interchange with I-71 northeast of downtown Cincinnati. The northern terminus of I-471 is at the interchange with I-71.[2]


Interstate 471 was first envisioned in 1961 as an east-west connector between Interstate 71/Interstate 75 in Covington with Interstate 71 in Cincinnati, crossing the Ohio River at a spot close to the current location. In effect, this connection would have provided for an alternative to Interstate 71, creating an inner loop system that would span both Ohio and Kentucky. Since this freeway would have hugged the southern riverfront, Interstate 471 would have prevented access to the Ohio River from Kentucky.

By 1967, the freeway was planned for a new alignment, much like the one seen today, connecting Cincinnati with Newport, Kentucky. On December 10, 1967, plans called for a north-south, 4.8-mile (7.7 km) freeway that would connect Interstate 71 with Interstate 275 near the interchange with U.S. 27. Interstate 471 would have three lanes in each direction (which has since been reworked into four lanes in each direction due to a construction project).

The bridge between Newport and Cincinnati was constructed between November 1971 and September 1976 and named after Covington native Daniel Carter Beard, the founder of the Boy Scouts of America. It developed the nickname of the "Big Mac Bridge" because its massive yellow arches over the river resemble the golden arches of McDonald's restaurants. The Daniel Carter Beard Bridge was fully dedicated in 1981.

Subsequent construction extended the freeway south from the bridge in phases, with the last segment of Interstate 471 opening in 1980 at its junction with U.S. 27 south of Interstate 275. In 1981, the cost to construct the freeway and bridge was calculated to be $85 million.

Exit listEdit

KentuckyCampbellHighland Heights  US 27 (Alexandria Pike) / Sunset Drive – Alexandria, Northern Kentucky UniversityAt-grade intersection; southern terminus of unsigned KY 471; KYTC signs this as southern terminus of I-471; highway continues as US 27 south (Alexandria Pk.)
0.0000.0001     I-275 to I-71 / I-75 – Columbus OH, AirportStack interchange; left exits north-to-west, south-to-east; left entrances east-to-north, west-to-south; southern terminus of I-471 and northern terminus of unsigned KY 471; signed as exits 1A (east) and 1B (west); I-275 exits 74A-B
Southgate1.7452.8082  US 27 (Alexandria Pike) – Southgate, Ft. Thomas
Woodlawn3.2025.1533  KY 1892 (North Grand Avenue) – Newport, Ft. Thomas
3.8586.2094  KY 1120 (East 10th Street, Memorial Parkway) – Newport, Bellevue
Newport4.6497.4825  KY 8 (Fairfield Avenue) / Park Avenue – Newport, Bellevue
Ohio River5.0168.072Daniel Carter Beard Bridge
OhioHamiltonCincinnati5.38.56A    US 50 (Columbia Parkway) to I-71 south / I-75 / 3rd StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
5.48.76B6th Street – DowntownNorthbound exit only
5.69.07  US 42 (Reading Road) / Liberty StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
5.759.25  I-71 north – ColumbusNorthern terminus; no access to I-71 south; I-71 exit 1D
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Route Log and Finder List". FHWA. Retrieved 2007-06-01.
  2. ^ Google (December 20, 2011). "Overview of I-471 in Kentucky and Ohio" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
  3. ^ "Kentucky Transportation Cabinet - Division of Planning - Highway Information System Official Milepoint Route Log Extract". Archived from the original on 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2007-06-01.

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