Spring Street will be restricted to one lane near Hocking Street for utility work daily from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This restriction will be in place Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28, weather permitting. Motorists should expect some delays. (City of Columbus)
W. Town Street is reduced to one lane in each direction between Avondale and Hawkes avenues for a pedestrian improvement project. Additionally, Avondale and Hawkes avenues are closed at W. Town Street. This project is expected to be complete by mid-August, weather permitting. (Columbus)
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.
Jack Gibbs Boulevard between Cleveland Avenue and St. Clair Avenue will close June 17 for 30 days. Access to Ft. Hayes and the entrance ramp to I-670 west from Jack Gibbs Boulevard will be maintained during the 30 day closure. (ODOT)
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)
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)
• 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)
Expect some single lane restrictions on S. Grant Avenue near E. Mound Street and on E. Mound Street between S. Grant and S. Washington avenues as crews work on utilities. The restrictions on S. Grant Avenue will be in place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily and the restrictions on Mound Street will be in place 24 hours a day. At least one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on both streets. These restrictions are expected to remain in place through mid to late June, weather permitting. (AEP)
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.)
Beginning today, Monday, April 22, watch for a lane closure on W. Long Street between Marconi Boulevard and N. Ludlow Street and a left curb lane closure on Marconi Boulevard immediately south W. Long Street as crews stage equipment for building renovations. These restrictions are expected to be in place through late October 2013, weather permitting. (Columbus)
2013 Paving the Way Glove Box Guide The 2013 Paving the Way Glove Box Guide to Central Ohio Road Construction is available for download. Please take a look at it and share this post with your friends to help keep Central Ohio Roads Safe in 2013.
• Map of 58 area projects. See what projects will affect you this year.
• Work-Zone Safety Tips
• Driver’s Ed Refresher
West Broad Street (US 40) will be reduced to one eastbound lane and two westbound lanes between Gift Street and N. May Avenue beginning Monday, January 14 for sewer work, weather permitting. These restrictions are expected to remain in place through early June, weather permitting. Expect some weekend lane restrictions.(Columbus)
The Scioto Greenway Trail is closed between Grandview Avenue and Dublin Road so crews can construct a new bike path to connect the existing paths. The project is expected to be complete by October 2013. This is a full closure; do not ride past the barricades. For additional information and a map, please see the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department's Trail Construction Page
Motorists should expect various restrictions on E. Fifth Avenue between N Grant Avenue
and E. Ninth Street as utilities are being relocated in preparation for the City of Columbus' Milo-Grogan Roadway Improvement Project. Watch for workers in the roadway and various restrictions, including restrictions at the intersection of E. Fifth and Cleveland Avenues. This work will continue through the beginning of construction this summer when similar restrictions will be in place for the Milo-Grogan Improvement project. The project is scheduled to be completed by summer 2013. (Columbus)
Take a moment to review the 2012 Paving the Way Glovebox Guide to Central Ohio Road Construction. The guide gives an overview of this year's area road construction projects. Please use it to plan ahead and take the time to plan alternate routes when needed. Inside the guide, you'll also find tips on work-zone safety, sharing the road, how to use a roundabout safely and more.
Paper copies are available at area libraries, government agencies and other locations.
Please share the link to the guide (Glovebox Guide) or the Facebook link (Glovebox Guide at Facebook) with your central Ohio friends to help us all have a safer road-construction season. (Paving the Way)
Columbus Crossroads construction has closed a portion of the Scioto-Alum Creek Bikeway Connector. The City of Columbus worked with the I-71/670 Design Build Team to develop a detour and make sure signs show the way.
The map below shows the detour. Heading southwest into Downtown Columbus, the trail closes between St. Clair Ave. and the east drive at Ft Hayes due to I-71/670 construction. The detour routes bicyclists south on St. Clair Ave., west on Mt. Vernon Ave., south on Hamilton Ave., west on E. Spring St., north on N. Grant Ave. and west again on Mt. Vernon Ave. Going northeast out of downtown, the detour takes cyclists south on N. Grant Ave., east on E. Long St., north on Hamilton Ave., east on Mt. Vernon Ave., north on St. Clair Ave. back to the trail. (ODOT/Columbus/Consider Biking)
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
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