ODOT's Columbus Crossroads Project
All ramps are now open on ODOT's I-71/I-670 Crossroads project. Keep watching Paving the Way's web page, Facebook page and Twitter feed for details as there is still work to be completed.
Holiday Events Planned This Weekend Columbus Grand Illumination Friday
The Grand Illumination is scheduled in downtown Columbus on Friday, December 5 at Bicentennial Park. Motorists are encouraged to watch for extra pedestrian traffic Friday evening beginning at about 4p.m. Additional information about the event is available here. (Columbus)
Jingle Bell Walk and Run Saturday
The Jingle Bell Walk and Run is planned for Saturday, December 7 in downtown Columbus. Washington Boulevard will be closed between W. Broad and W. Town streets from about 6 a.m. through noon Saturday for the event. Also, expect brief rolling closures along the route beginning at about 9:15 a.m.
The run begins at the Main Street Bridge at about 10:00 a.m. and follows the route below:
• East on W. Main Street to South Front Street
• South on S. Front Street to West Deshler Avenue
• East on W. Deshler Avenue to South High Street
• North on S. High Street to Rich Street
• West on W. Rich Street across the Scioto River to COSI
Motorists are encouraged to watch carefully for pedestrians in the area of the run. (Columbus)
Westerville Sertoma Christmas Parade Sunday
The Westerville Sertoma Christmas Parade and Rudolph 5k Run/Walk is planned for Sunday, December 8. Expect short term closures in the Westerville area beginning about 12:45 p.m. on Sunday.
• East on Schrock Rd., from Brooksedge Boulevard to State Street (SR 3)
• North on State Street (SR 3) to St. Paul’s Church, south of County Line Road
Watch for pedestrian traffic Sunday afternoon. (Westerville Sertoma)
Grove City Weekend Christmas Celebration
Various closures are planned for US 62 (Broadway) for the Grove City Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 7. See below for details and other restrictions for the event. Motorists are encouraged to watch carefully for pedestrians in the Grove City Town Center area this weekend
• US 62 (Broadway) will be closed between Grant Avenue and Grove City Road on Saturday, December 7 from 2 p.m. through 10 p.m.
• Park Street will be closed between Broadway and Front Street from 10 a.m. Friday, December 6 through 5 p.m. Sunday, December 8. Additionally, Park Street will be closed between US 62 (Broadway) and Arbutus Avenue from 2 p.m. through 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 7.
• Short term closures will be in place along the route of the parade beginning at about 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. The route starts at Park Street Intermediate School on Park Street, proceeds north on Wilbur Avenue, turns west down Columbus Street, travels south on Broadway (US 62) then east on Park Street back to the school.
Columbus Crossroads Update November 18, 2013 Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22 – Cleveland Ave. Utility Work
• At 9 a.m. each morning, Cleveland Ave. will be reduced to one lane in each direction from Edward St. to Jack Gibbs Blvd.
• By 3 p.m. each day, all lanes on Cleveland Ave. will be open.
Wednesday, November 20 and Thursday, November 21 – Fiber Optic Installation
• At 9 p.m., I-670 east will be reduced to one lane from the I-71 exit to Cleveland Ave.
• At 9 p.m., I-670 west will be reduced to one lane at Cleveland Ave.
• By 5 a.m., all lanes will be open.
Thursday, November 21 -- Bridge/Dirtwork
• At 8 p.m., the ramp from Cleveland Ave. to I-670 east, I-71 north, and I-71 south will be closed.
• At 9 p.m., the ramp from I-670 east to I-71 north will close.
• By 5 a.m., the ramps will be open.
E. 11th Avenue will be reduced to westbound only traffic between N. Fourth Street and North Grant Avenue for a water line project beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20. Motorists should use E. 17th Avenue as an eastbound detour and as a westbound alternate. Alleys north and south of E. 11th Avenue in this area will be reconstructed in the Spring. Expect closures of the alleys. Access to residences will be maintained. The water line work is scheduled to continue through February 2014, weather permitting. Weather permitting (Columbus)
Columbus Crossroads Update
All ramps are now open on ODOT's I-71/I-670 Crossroads project.
Now, 22 new bridges, 29 retaining walls, new ramps and travel lanes on I-71 and I-670 are open.
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)
North Side Fix Overview
This project will make the I-270/US23 north side interchange safer by increasing capacity and improving traffic flow. See below for an overview:
1. Reconfigure two of the ramps at the interchange of I-270 and US 23 (North High street)
Two of the “loop ramps,” the ramp from I-270 E to US 23 N and the ramp from I270 W to US 23 S, will be reconfigured. ODOT will also add traffic signals at each of the new ramps to allow for better flow of traffic.
2. Widen US 23
ODOT will widen US 23 from Northwoods Boulevard to Lazelle Road from two lanes to three lanes in each direction. ODOT will also build an additional lane on US 23 southbound from I-270 to Northwoods Boulevard.
3. Construct two northbound express lanes on US 23
ODOT will build two lanes under the surface roads that will carry through traffic. The “trench,” as we call it, will begin just north of I-270 and end south of Northwoods Boulevard North. If you are driving in the “trench” will not be able to access Campus View Boulevard and Flint Road.
4. High Street over I-270
A new, decorative fence with the name “Worthington” on it will be built along the US 23 bridge over I-270. Pillars with brick pattern and coloring and limestone caps will be featured on both sides of the bridge, matching walls will be built adjacent to the ramps at the interchange.
Pedestrian Work-Zone Safety Reminder
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)
High Street Resurfacing
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 brick work is expected to be complete by mid-November, weather permitting. 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.
W. Third Avenue Reconstruction Update: W. Third Avenue is open to two-way traffic between Olentangy River Road and Edgehill Road. The road has been closed for a road reconstruction project.(Columbus)
Fisher Road is now open east of Hague Avenue. The road was closed for bridge repair. (Franklin County)
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)
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
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:
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.
Overview of Biggest Projects Impacting Traffic in Central Ohio
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