ODOT's Columbus Crossroads Project
Paving the Way will post and send updates on ODOT's I-71/I-670 Crossroads project as they are scheduled. Additionally, ODOT has an excellent website with details on the project and e-alerts to help you know before you go. Click on the I-71/670 logo to view ODOT's Crossroads website. Also, click on the What is Open/What is Closed logo for a helpful chart showing which ramps are open and which are closed.
*June 17 Columbus Crossroads Update*
MONDAY, June 17 – THURSDAY, June 20
At 9 p.m., the ramp I-670 east to I-71 south will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to I-670 east to Leonard Ave. to I-670 west to SR 315 south to I-71 south.
The closures are necessary for bridge painting.
By 5 a.m., each morning, the ramp will be open.
TUESDAY, June 18 – WEDNESDAY, June 19
At 8 p.m., the ramp from I-670 west to I-71 south will close for bridge work. Traffic will be detour to SR 315 south to I-71 south.
At 9 p.m., the ramp from 11th Ave. to I-71 south will close. I-71 south will be reduced to one lane.
At 10 p.m., I-71 south will be forced to exit to I-670 west to SR 315 south to I-71 south.
By 5 a.m., each morning, the ramps will be open, and there will be two through lanes for I-71 south.
Beginning today, Jack Gibbs Blvd. will be closed for 30 days east of the I-670 west entrance ramp to just east of Leonard/St. Clair Avenues. for resurfacing.
Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Cleveland Avenue will be reduced to one lane each direction from Jefferson Ave. to Jack Gibbs Blvd. for street lighting.
Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., One-way of two-way traffic will be maintained with flaggers on St. Clair Ave between 2nd Ave. and Leonard Ave. for bridge work.
FRIDAY, June 21–SATURDAY, June 22
At 8 p.m., the ramp from I-670 east to Cleveland Ave. will be closed for roadwork.
By 6 p.m. Saturday or sooner, the ramp will be open.
FRIDAY, June 21 –MONDAY, June 24
At 9 p.m., the ramp from I-670 east to I-71 south will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to I-670 east to Leonard Ave. to I-670 west to SR 315 south to I-71 south.
By 5 a.m., Monday, the ramp will be open.
Nelson Road will be reduced to one lane of two-way traffic maintained by flaggers between E. Broad Street and Franklin Park S on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility work, weather permitting. (Columbus Public Utilities)
Left turns from Northwest Boulevard to W. Fifth Avenue will be prohibited beginning Monday , June 17 as part of the Northwest Boulevard safety improvement project. The turn restrictions are expected to remain in place through mid-July. At that time, left turns will be prohibited from Northwest Boulevard to W. King Avenue through about mid-August, weather permitting. Expect some lane and turn restrictions to be in place at both intersections beginning today, Tuesday, June 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily as crews make initial preparations for the work. For more information on the project see: Project Fact Sheet (Columbus/ODOT)
SR-317 (London-Groveport Road) will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Saltzgaber Rd. and Groveport Rd. weeknights from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning for resurfacing work. Additionally, expect flagging operations on SR-317 (London-Groveport Road) from Groveport Rd. to Williams Rd., during these same hours. Similar restrictions will be in place during daytime off-peak hours (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) This work is expected to continue through early July, weather permitting. (ODOT)
Crews will resurface E. Broad Street (SR 16) from the Whitehall corporate line (about ½ mile west of I-270) to the Licking County line (near Limited Pkwy, west of Taylor Road) beginning the week of Monday, June 10, weather permitting. Expect lane restrictions and some brief flagging operations mostly during night hours (7 p.m. to 7 a.m.) some minor restrictions will be in place during mid-day hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). This project is expected to be complete by late October, weather permitting. (Columbus/ODOT)
Trabue Road will be closed to through traffic between McKinley and Hague avenues beginning Monday, June 10 for railroad crossing improvements. A detour is posted using Fisher Road. The repairs are expected to be complete by early July, weather permitting. (Franklin County)
Work on a new roundabout at the intersection of Hyland-Croy and Brand/Mitchell Dewitt roads in Dubin is in progress. On Thursday, June 6, the south (Hyland-Croy Road) and west (Mitchell DeWitt Road) legs of the intersection will close. Detours will be posted. The project is expected to be complete by late August, weather permitting. (Dublin)
Watch for various lane restrictions on W. Nationwide Boulevard between Neil Avenue and John H. McConnell Blvd. beginning Monday, June 3 as crews begin moving utilities in preparation for a water main replacement project scheduled to start this summer. At least one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction. (Columbus)
The ramp from I-270 north to I-70 west and the ramp from I-70 east to I-270 north will close June 4 for 30 days. The closures are necessary to reconstruct the ramps. Before those ramps close, the ramp from I-270 north to I-70 east will re-open. The detour for I-270 north to I-70 west will be I-270 north to Cemetery Road to I-270 south to I-70 west. The detour for I-70 east to I-270 north will be I-70 east to Wilson Road to I-70 west to I-270 north. (ODOT)
Beginning June 3, there will be various lane restrictions at the intersection of E. Livingston Avenue
and Lockbourne Road for the addition of turn lanes, traffic signal work and pedestrian improvements. Restrictions will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily Monday through Friday until early July, weather permitting. (City of Columbus)
New electronic “Watch for Stopped Traffic” signs have been installed at 3 locations in Franklin County. These signs light up with the message “Watch for Stopped Traffic” when a sensor under the pavement a half mile ahead of the sign detects stopped traffic. The three new warning signs are located on southbound I-270 just south of the E. Broad Street ramp, southbound I-270 at the E. Main Street ramp; and at eastbound I-70, just west of downtown near the W. Broad Street entrance ramp.
Over the next few days, the new overhead messaging system will be tested before the signs are fully operational. Motorists should always watch for stopped or slowed traffic. However, when these signs are illuminated, motorists should carefully watch their speed, drive with extra caution and be ready to slow and stop.
If these warning signs prove to be effective and the number of crashes is reduced, ODOT may install these overhead signs in other congested areas throughout the state. (ODOT)
Railroad Crossing Safety Reminders:
• Always expect a train. Even if one train has passed, another one may be coming on another set of tracks.
• Listen, watch and be cautious at all railroad crossings.
• Never get caught on tracks. Always be certain there is room on the other side to completely clear tracks before crossing.
• Never stop on tracks. If gates begin to lower, continue crossing until you clear the tracks.
• Never go around lowered crossing gates or through flashing lights at railroad crossings. If you think it is stuck, find another route.
• Crossing tracks on a bicycle requires caution and extra attention! Narrow wheels can get caught between the rails. If possible, walk - don't ride - across. Always cross at a 90-degree angle.
• Remember, a passenger train traveling 80 mph takes about 2,200 feet to stop or the length of seven football fields.
• You cannot always judge the speed or distance of a moving train. Moving trains can create optical illusions, appearing to move slower and be farther away than they actually are.
• If your vehicle stalls on a crossing, get everyone out and off the tracks immediately. If a train is coming, quickly move away from the tracks . Proceed quickly towards the train at a 45 degree angle so that if the train strikes your car you will be safe from flying debris.
• Prepare to stop behind school and commercial buses and trucks carrying hazardous materials. These vehicles must stop at all railroad crossings. (Paving the way/FHWA)
Eastbound W. Broad Street (US 40) will be reduced to two lanes between I-270 and Wilson Rd. beginning May 16 at 7 a.m. for road widening. Expected completion: July 16.
W. Third Avenue will close to through traffic between Olentangy River Road and Edgehill Road beginning Monday, May 13 at 7 a.m. as the widening and reconstruction project there continues. The project includes the widening and reconstruction of W. Third Avenue, the widening of Edgehill Road, new sidewalks and shared-use paths, sewer and lighting upgrades and other improvements. A detour using W. Fifth Avenue will be posted. This closure is expected to remain in place through late July, weather permitting. Edgehill Road traffic will be maintained. (Columbus)
A very active season for resurfacing projects has started in Central Ohio. Columbus, for example has more than $30 million budgeted for resurfacing projects in 2013. ODOT has many large resurfacing projects for 2013 including parts of I-71, I-270, E. Main Street and US 62. Other area municipalities and counties also have active resurfacing programs in progress this year. Please watch for crews and equipment and be prepared for lane restrictions or flagging operations.
Resurfacing Notes and Tips:
> Watch for parking restrictions, but note the dates on the signs. Signs typically go up before they take effect.
> Before a road is repaved, it is generally milled. Milling is the scraping of the top layers of pavement from the road, leaving a grooved surface. These top layers are recycled into new asphalt or other products. The milled street before the new layer of asphalt is applied will have a rough surface and pavement markings may be absent or fainter than normal. > Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians should use caution, especially near protruding manhole covers.
> The actual resurfacing ordinarily follows the milling within a week, weather permitting. Access to businesses and residences is maintained during paving operations.
> Milling and paving generally require flagging operations, please watch carefully for flaggers and be prepared to stop.
The City of Columbus has a good overview of the resurfacing process at:
Paving the Way will post details of the larger resurfacing projects as contractors and agencies provide this information. (Paving the Way/Misc.)
McKinley Avenue has reopened to traffic between Trabue Rd. and W. Fifth Avenue. Expect some miscellaneous lane restrictions through mid-June as final elements of the project are completed. At least one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained. (Columbus)
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• Map of 58 area projects. See what projects will affect you this year.
• Work-Zone Safety Tips
• Driver’s Ed Refresher
Project Details: A major reconstruction project is underway on I-270 on the southwest side of Franklin County between US 62 and Roberts Road. ODOT will make improvements down to the sub-surface on every travel lane in both directions and construct wider shoulders on 11 bridges. The three-year project is expected to be complete by late 2014.
ODOT will maintain at least two lanes of traffic on 270 in both directions during construction. Entrance and exit ramps along the seven mile construction zone will also be accessible.
To allow crews to work on several lanes at a time, ODOT will shift traffic over to one side. There will be crossovers at the following locations to allow drivers to enter and exit 270: US 62, south of Georgesville Road, north of Georgesville Road, south of Broad Street and south of Roberts Road.
A crossover means that one direction of traffic will cross over, through the permanent median, to the other side of the road so that both directions of traffic are on the same side, which allows crews to work safely and more efficiently on that section of 270.
Between Broad Street and Roberts Road, ODOT will maintain three lanes in each direction. For southbound travellers, one of those lanes will be a different traffic pattern that we call a contra flow lane. A contra flow lane means that one lane of southbound traffic will be on the northbound side of the road with a portable barrier wall separating northbound and southbound traffic.
Please click the link below to go to the project web page:
The Columbus Crossroads Project is the biggest active project in Central ohio. The first phase is the reconstruction of the I-71/670 interchange which is expected to be completed in 2014.
The project will improve safety, reduce congestion and connect neighborhoods. It will add a new travel lane on I-670 and reduce weaving across traffic lanes to exits. Twenty-two new bridges will be built.
Click the thumbnail below for a rendering of the project after it is completed:
Ongoing Restrictions and Ramp Closures
• The ramp from I-71 north to I-670 west is closed until November 2013. The detour is I-70 to SR 315.
• The ramp from Long Street to I-71 north is closed until November 2013 for the Columbus Crossroads project. The detour is 17th Street to Broad Street to 4th Street to I-670.
• The ramp from I-71 south to Spring Street is closed until November 2013. The detour is I-71 to Broad Street to Cleveland Avenue.
• The ramp from Fifth Avenue to southbound I-71 is closed until summer 2012. The detour is Fifth Avenue east to Leonard Avenue, south to I-670 west to southbound I-71.
• The ramps from Cleveland Avenue to I-670 eastbound are closed until summer 2013.
• The ramps from Broad Street to I-71 north and I-670 west are closed until 2013 to ensure there are two thru lanes of traffic during construction and adequate room for the contractor to work. Once the first project is complete, there will be three lanes of traffic in both directions on 71. The detour will be Broad Street to 4th Street to I-670 to I-71.
• The ramp from I-71 north to Leonard Avenue is closed and will remain closed until fall 2013.
Getting to Businesses on Parsons Avenue or Nationwide Children's Hospital
From I-71 south, take the Main Street exit and go east on Main to Parsons Avenue.
From I-71 north, take the Broad Street exit and go right, or east, to Parsons Avenue.
Access the I-71 north ramp directly from Parsons Avenue between Mooberry and Main Street.
Access I-71 south from Parsons Avenue by going west on Main Street and turning south onto the entrance ramp
Check the Paving the Way Front Page for short-term evening and weekend restrictions for this project.
Overview of Biggest Projects Impacting Traffic in Central Ohio
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