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)
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: ODOTs 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)
Work is set to begin next Monday, June 3rd, on the safety reconfiguration of the I-70 and SR 79 Interchange (Buckeye Lake/ Newark Interchange) in Licking County. This project will affect traffic on both I-70 and SR 79 with various restrictions and ramp closures throughout the project. Completion is scheduled for late December, weather permitting. (ODOT)
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:
All ramps are now open on ODOT's I-71/I-670 Crossroads project.
Check the Paving the Way's Front Page for short-term evening and weekend restrictions for this project as final work is completed.