Karl Road will be closed to traffic this morning, December 11, at 9 a.m. between S.R. 161 and Hempwood Drive for emergency waterline repair. This closure will be in place until further notice. (City of Columbus)
Beginning next Monday, December 9, SR 79 will close north of Newark in Licking County for five days in order for ODOT’s maintenance crew to replace a culvert. SR 79 will close from Cedar Run. Rd. to Stewart Rd., the road is expected to reopen Friday, December 13, at 5 p.m., weather permitting. Motorists will detour via SR 16, to SR 586, back to SR 79. (ODOT)
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)
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.
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)
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.)
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Work has begun on a project to widen I-71 in Delaware and Morrow Counties. The project adds a third lane in each direction on I-71 from just north of US 36/SR 37 in Delaware County to north of SR 61 in Morrow County.
This year, the focus of the work will be on southbound I-71. Two lanes will be maintained for southbound traffic, but the lanes will be shifted to the outside of the interstate to give crews room to work. Northbound I-71 traffic will be shifted over north of SR 61 so ODOT can complete bridge work over Crall Road in Morrow County.
The $50 million project will widen nine miles of I-71 and is expected to be complete in Fall 2014. (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.
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