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)
Work will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, October 29 for a traffic signal improvement project at E. Livingston Avenue and Wager Street (next to Nationwide Children’s Hospital). Motorists should drive with extra caution and watch for lane shifts and restrictions.
The bicycle lane will be closed temporarily during this work. Bicyclists should ride in the normal lanes of traffic. Motorists are reminded to share the road safely and watch carefully for bicyclists and pedestrians. A pedestrian detour and temporary crosswalk and ramps will also be in place. Remember, 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. A one-day only closure of Wager Street is expected during this work.
This project is expected to be complete by mid-December, weather permitting. (Columbus)
Linworth Rd E. will be closed to through traffic between Linworth Road and Olenhurst Ct. for a water and sewer project beginning Monday, August 26. The project includes water line work, sewer work and resurfacing. The road is expected to reopen by late December, weather permitting. (Columbus Public Utilities)
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)
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.
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.)
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.