I-70 east will be reduced to three lanes between the ramp to I-71 and S. Ohio Ave. from 8 p.m. on Friday to Sunday, Dec. 15 at noon. Crews will be removing barrier and installing an overhead sign structure. (ODOT)
New Scioto Trail Connector Open
A new section of bike and multi-use path is now open, adding a new connection to the Ohio to Erie Trail. The three quarter-mile long multi-use path spans the Scioto River in Columbus in two locations between Grandview Avenue and Dublin Road.
The asphalt path is 10 feet wide and has wrought iron fence on both sides. (ODOT)
E. Cherry Street will be closed to traffic between S. Fourth and Zettler streets for a sewer improvement project beginning Monday, November 18. Motorists and cyclists should also expect a lane closure on S. Fourth Street at Cherry Street. These restrictions are expected to remain in place through February 2014, weather permitting. Pedestrians should also watch for sidewalk detours in this area. (Columbus Public Utilities)
As part of the work on the Scioto Greenways project downtown, bicycle and pedestrian detours, sidewalk closures as well as lane restrictions on Marconi Boulevard are now in place. This work is expected to continue through fall of 2015. Access to the Firefighters’ Memorial will be maintained. Expect lane restrictions on Marconi Boulevard between W. Long Street and W. Broad Street. Additionally, lane restrictions will soon be put in place on Long Street between Hocking Street and Marconi Boulevard to accommodate bicycle traffic more safely during the project.
Expect detours of the Scioto Trail via W. Long Street and Marconi Boulevard and also via Mound Street, Short Street, W. Fulton Street, S. Front Street and W. Whittier Street.. Motorists are reminded to share the road safely and watch extra carefully for bicycle traffic on these detours.
For more information on the project, see downtown (Columbus)
N Washington Avenue is reduced to northbound traffic only between E. Broad and E. Gay streets as an expansion project is in place at the Columbus Museum of Art. The Museum and Museum parking remain open during this work. For more information about the expansion, see the Museum’s web page. The road is expect to reopen to two-way traffic by September, 2014. (Columbus)
Projects like the High Street Resurfacing in downtown Columbus include sidewalk detours. Pedestrians, like motorists and bicyclists are required by law to follow the directions of road construction signs. Pedestrians should not pass sidewalk closure signs or walk in the street to avoid a sidewalk detour. (Paving the Way)
The construction of the Westerville Bike and Walk System Trail Bridge over County Line Rd will begin on or about Monday, August 12. This bridge will provide a safe crossing for pedestrians and bicyclists along this portion of the Westerville B&W which is part of the City’s 27+ miles of leisure paths and trails. This project is scheduled for completion in May 2014.
This piece of the Westerville B&W, located just east of N. State St on County Line Road, is the community’s connector to the statewide Ohio-to-Erie Trail. During construction, the bikeway and leisure path will be closed. Detours will be posted. Traffic on County Line Rd will be maintained.
Weekday curb lane restrictions continue on High Street as crews work on ADA curb ramps. This work is part of the resurfacing and improvement project on High Street downtown.
As part of the third 2013 Columbus Resurfacing Project, improvements will be made to High Street between Nationwide Boulevard and Fulton Street. Work includes concrete repair, signal improvements, brick replacement and resurfacing. Some curb lane closures will be in place beginning Monday, August 12 as crews begin work on ADA ramps. Most of the brick work will occur on weekends or during nighttime hours, 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to keep at least one lane of traffic open in each direction on High street throughout the project. Some side street closures are expected on weekends only. Some sidewalk closures will be required for the work. The resurfacing is scheduled to be completed by spring of 2014. For more frequent updates on the project, please visit the
Columbus Public Service News Page.
As part of the 70/71 Mound Street Connector project, the exit from E. Fulton Street to northbound I-71 will close permanently on Monday, July 22. A good alternative is the ramp to northbound I-71 from northbound Parsons Avenue immediately south of E. Main Street. Another alternative is to take the ramp immediately west of the intersection of Miller Avenue and Cole Street to I-70 West to I-71 north. (ODOT)
For more details on the project see: ODOT’s Project Page
Work will begin work Monday July 8 by moving I-70 westbound traffic into a new traffic pattern from the 18th Street Bridge to just west of the I-70/71 interchange. Motorists might not notice much since two lanes of traffic for westbound I-70 and the Fourth Street exit ramp will still be maintained. The traffic switch is necessary so crews can start construction.
The $28 million project, known as the Mound Street Connector will:
• Build a new bridge that will provide access from I-70 west into downtown at Mound Street.
• This new bridge will travel over what is known currently as the “downtown east split.”
• Mound Street will be streetscaped with trees, brick crosswalks, sidewalks, decorative street lights and traffic signals, and changed to one-way westbound traffic from Fourth Street to Washington Street (at the new ramp).
• The Bridge at 18th Street will be completely rebuilt.
• The 4th Street ramp from I-70 west will close after the new Mound Street ramp opens.
• The Fulton entrance ramp to I-71 north will close permanently.
The Mound Street Connector Project is the next major phase of work to rebuild the I-70/71 corridor. This project will focus on the “east split,” one of the biggest trouble spots and highest crash zones. The first project on the I-70/71 corridor, the reconstruction of Interstates 71 and 670, began in 2011, and is currently about 75% complete. Weather permitting, all travel movements are expected to be open on the I-71/670 project by this November.
Even though the Mound Street Connector Project and I-71/670 will be under construction at the same time, ODOT will coordinate closures and restrictions in an effort to minimize inconvenience for the motoring public.
There will be fewer parking spaces available in the lots between 5th Street and Grant Avenue just east of downtown.
As part of the ODOT Mound Street Connector Project, there is a strip of parking spaces that will be eliminated. The parking spaces are needed to connect the two sections of Mound Street.
By Monday, July 8, the parking spaces will be blocked off with barrels and not accessible. Vehicles parked behind the barrels this Monday will be towed to another location in the parking lot.
The entrance at 5th Street to the parking lot will also close permanently as part of the project. Motorists will just need to use the entrance driveway at Main Street to access the parking lots.
The Mound Street Connector is expected to be complete late fall of 2014. (ODOT)
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)
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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.
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All ramps are now open on ODOT's I-71/I-670 Crossroads project.
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