North Side Fix I-270, US 23 (North High Street) and SR 315
This project will make the I-270/US23 north side interchange safer by increasing capacity and improving traffic flow. Additional improvemnts have been added to the project including work on the SR 315/I-270 interchange.
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.
Click the link below to see video animation to help drivers travel safely through the trench.
While opening the trench and other access points is a major milestone, there is still much to finish on the project. The new U.S. 23 bridge over I-270 has to be completed along with construction of the new ramps from Interstate 270 to U.S. 23 north and south. There is also an additional lane for southbound North High Street that will be constructed along with final paving, striping and landscaping. Continue to be alert for lane restrictions and crews at work in the area. The project is scheduled to be complete by Fall, 2016.
For more information, see to the project website at www.270-23.com. (ODOT)
Hard Road Widening
Hard Road will be reconstructed and widened between Sawmill Road and Smoky Row Road beginning Monday, June 29, weather permitting. At least one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction during construction.
The project widens 1.2 miles of Hard Road from two lanes to five lanes between Sawmill Road and Smoky Row Road. In addition, the project will add:
- Curbs and sidewalks on both sides of Hard Road where none currently exist
- Bike lanes on both sides of Hard Road where none currently exist
- A traffic signal at the intersection of Hard Road and Foxboro Lane at the Northwest Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library
- Improvements to the intersection of Hard Road and Sawmill Road
- New street lights
- New storm sewers
- New water lines
The project will increase safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists, and will accommodate residential and business growth in the area.
The work is scheduled for completion in October 2016.
For additional details about the project, visit http://columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=80425
Dublin Riverside Drive and S.R. 161 Intersection Improvement Project
Work continues on a major intersection improvement project at S.R. 161 and Riverside Drive in Dublin. At least one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on Riverside Drive at S.R. 161, with the exception of very brief, intermittent closures. Turns are now prohibited at the Riverside Drive/S.R. 161 intersection. Dale Drive is now closed at Riverside Drive. Drivers should take Tuller Road to Tuller Ridge Drive to access Dale Drive.
Starting January 25, weather permitting, S.R. 161 will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Dale Drive and Blacksmith Lane. This traffic adjustment is expected to be in place until the project is completed in the Fall of 2016. Expect some occasional flagging operations on Riverside Drive in this area between February 16 and February 19, weather permittting.
The new Dale-Tuller Connector is now open to traffic. This connector is an alternate north-south route which extends from S.R. 161 to Tuller Road.
The project includes a new roundabout, pedestrian safety improvements, accommodations for a new park, new sewers and other utility improvements. For additional information about the project, please visit: http://dublinohiousa.gov/riverside. (Dublin)
Hamilton Road Widening
A widening and improvement project on Hamilton Road between Rocky Fork Creek (north of Havens Corners Road) and East Johnstown Road (US 62) starts Monday, June 22.
In the first phase of the project, motorists and cyclists should be alert for lane restrictions and crews and equipment at work. Expect some flagging operations on Hamilton Road with one lane of two-way traffic maintained by flaggers. Flagging operations will be limited to the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
The Franklin County/Gahanna project will widen parts of Hamilton Road and add new turn lanes in the project area. Also included are a bridge replacement, new multi-use paths, sidewalks, pedestrian safety improvements, street lighting and new roundabout intersections at Clark State Road and at the Northeast School. Completion, fall 2017.
For more information see the project flyer.
(Franklin County Engineer/Gahanna)
Tremont Road Reconstruction Project
Construction August 2015 through June 2016
- Full depth road and curb replacement
- Convert the four-lane undivided roadway to a two-lane roadway with a two-way left turn lane. Benefits include reduced vehicle speeds, improved mobility and access, reduced collisions and injuries, and improved livability and quality of life.
- Storm sewer replacement/repair as required
- Dedicated bike lanes northbound and southbound from Fishinger to Zollinger, and a shared use path from Zollinger Road to Ridgeview Road
- Traffic signal replacements to mast arms
- High visibility pedestrian crosswalks and pedestrian refuge islands at mid-block crosswalks
- Sidewalk and curb ramp replacement where needed
- Street lighting improvements
Tremont Road is closed between Lane Avenue and Northam Road as part of this work.
The posted detour is:
- East on W. Lane Avenue
- North on Northwest Boulevard
- West on Northam Road, back to Tremont Road (or the reverse)
This closure is scheduled to be in place through late June, weather permittting.
West Side I-70 Widening and Improvements
Work on a widening and improvement of I-70 between I-270 and Hilliard-Rome Road begian in September, 2015. The project will add lanes in both directions on I-70, rehabilitate several bridges, resurface the roadway and construct noise walls.
At this time, the traffic impact will be limited to evenings and overnights, from 7 p.m. each evening to 5 a.m. each following morning. Motorists should be alert for crews at work and lane restrictions on westbound I-70 in the project area during these work hours. The project is scheduled for completion in 2017. (ODOT)
I-71 Widening Project
Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will build a third lane in each direction on Interstate 71 on the South Side of Franklin County. The ODOT project will widen I-71 between S.R. 665 and Stringtown Road in Grove City. Crews installed temporary pavement in both directions of I-71 so two travel lanes can be maintained during the work. Drivers on I-71 South are shifted over to the outside lanes as they travel through Grove City.
The two-year, $37 million project is expected to be complete by Summer 2017. (ODOT)
InterCHANGE 270/33 Project
Construction at the I-270 and U.S. 33/S.R. 161 interchange in Dublin began in Spring 2015.
This project includes:
- New ramp configurations
- Eliminating the 4 major internal weaves and merges which improves safety
- Adding capacity with additional lanes on I-270 and on U.S. 33/S.R. 161
- Improving traffic flow
The ramp and road closures in place in 2015 are now open. Motorists and cyclists should be alert for crews and equipment at work when driving through the interchange. Work will continue on the project through Fall 2017.
East Side Evening and Night Lane and Ramp Restrictions I-270
I-270 North will be reduced to two lanes between I-70 and E. Broad Street from 8 p.m. Wednesday night, June 22 to 5 a.m., Thursday morning, June 23, for road work, weather permitting.
The ramps below will be closed as follows, during these hours:
- 8 p.m.: I-270 North to Westbound E. Main Street (U.S. 40)
- The detour is I-270 north to SR 317 south to I-270 south to E. Main Street
- 8 p.m.: E. Main Street to I-270 North
- The detour is E. Main Street to I-270 south to I-70 west to SR 317 south to I-70 east to I-270 North
- 9 p.m.: I-270 North to Eastbound E. Main St.
- The detour is I-270 north to SR 317 south to I-270 south to E. Main Street
- 10 p.m.: I-70 East to I-270 North
- The detour is I-70 east to Brice Road (Exit 110-B) to I-70 west to I-270 North
- 5 a.m., Thursday morning, June 23, All lanes and ramps will open.
Glove Box Guide: Road Construction Overview Available
For an overview of 37 Central Ohio road projects and helpful information and resources on roadway safety and road construction, view Paving the Way’s 2016 Glove Box Guide to Central Ohio Road Construction at http://bit.ly/ptw2016. Paper copies will be available in area libraries in May or by request at pavingtheway.org. (Paving the Way)
North Side Mega Fix Update, Speed Limit Reduction
A new reduced work-zone speed limit is posted and in force for the North Side Mega-Fix Project. The new speed limit in effect on I-270 and S.R. 315 at and near the I-270/S.R. 315 interchange will be 55 mph. Please be alert for reduced speed limit signs in this and all work-zones. 12 new signs are in place designating the new speed limit.
Northwest Boulevard Closure
Northwest Boulevard will be closed to through traffic between First Avenue and Hilo Lane in Grandview Heights beginning Tuesday, May 31, as part of the Northwest Boulevard Improvements project. Additionally, First Avenue will be reduced to eastbound-only traffic between Northwest Boulevard and Oxley Road. Detours will be posted.
Through traffic may also wish to consider Grandview Avenue as a north/south alternate. These restrictions are expected to remain in place through late July, weather permitting. For additional details see: http://grandviewheights.org/225/Construction-Updates (Grandview Heights)
Red White and Boom Travel Tips and Street Closure Information
Red, White and Boom! 2016 takes place on Friday, July 1. Please see below for information on closures and restrictions as well as tips for getting to and from the celebration easily and safely.
Red, White and Boom Travel Tips:
- Arrive as early as possible on Friday, preferably before 5 p.m. (the parade starts at 6 p.m.). This can help you beat the congestion and find a good spot for viewing. Entertainment and events begin at noon.
- Check the closed streets list carefully and plan to arrive well before scheduled closures. A large number of streets close Friday at 6 p.m. Those attending events at COSI or Nationwide Arena, especially, need to plan on arriving before 6 p.m.
- Carpool or take COTA. To reduce parking problems and congestion, share a ride to the Boom! COTA riders will have free access to an outstanding view of the fireworks from inside Huntington Park. COTA will deploy a large number of additional buses to provide frequent service to and from several Park and Rides located around Franklin County as well as extended service on many routes serving downtown. COTA staff will be available to provide assistance downtown and at the Park and Rides. COTA riders: When you leave for the celebration, your driver will be available to tell you the best place to catch your bus to get back. Check COTA’s Website for more details.
- Don’t leave immediately after the fireworks. Entertainment, including live music is available after the fireworks. COTA buses leave for Park and Rides as late as midnight.
- Be alert for pedestrians and cyclists. Pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged to wear bright or reflective colors for increased visibility.
- A note for pedestrians from the Columbus Division of Police: At the end of the evening, pedestrians need to stay on the sidewalks and cross streets at crosswalks. In the past, some pedestrians leaving the event have walked in the middle of open streets, blocking car, bus and emergency vehicle travel. This is illegal and unsafe.
- Watch carefully where you park. Various parking restrictions will be in place to help with the flow of traffic before, during and after the event. A map of Red, White & BOOM! parking restrictions is available here: 2016 Red, White & BOOM! Parking Restrictions
Red, White & BOOM! Street Closures and Lane Restrictions:
Monday, June 27, at 9 a.m. through Saturday, July 2, at 6 a.m.
- Washington Boulevard will be closed between W. Broad Street and W. Town Street
Wednesday, June 29, at 9 a.m. through Saturday, July 2, at 6 a.m.
- S. Civic Center Drive will be closed, between West Broad Street and West Main Street
Thursday, June 30, at 9 a.m. through Saturday, July 2, at 6 a.m.
- W. Long Street will be closed between Hocking Street and Marconi Boulevard
- one lane of West Long Street will open for rush hour only on Friday, July 1, between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. only
- Marconi Boulevard will be closed between W. Long Street and W. Broad Street
- West Nationwide Boulevard will have curb lane closures in place between John H. McConnell Boulevard and North Ludlow Street
Friday, July 1, at 9 a.m. through Saturday, July 2, at 6 a.m.
- West Nationwide Boulevard will be closed between Neil Avenue and North Ludlow Street
- Marconi Boulevard will be closed between W. Nationwide Boulevard and W. Locust Street
- One curb lane of W. Broad Street will be closed between the west side of the Scioto River and Belle Street
Friday, July 1, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. (for parade and parade staging)
- W. Main Street will be closed between 2nd Street and the Scioto River
- W. Rich Street will be closed between the Scioto River and McDowell Street
- Starling Street will be closed between W. Rich Street and W. Town Street
- Belle Street will be closed between W. Rich Street and W. Town Street
- Lucas Street will be closed between W. Rich Street and W. Town Street
- Civic Center Drive will be closed between W. Mound Street and W. Main Street
Friday, July 1, from 5:50 p.m. until about 7:30 p.m. (for parade movement only)
- Lynn Street between North Front Street and N. High Street
- W. Main Street between the Scioto River and S. High Street
- W. Gay Street between N. Front Street and N. High Street
- W. Long Street between Marconi Boulevard and N. High Street
- W. Spring Street between Marconi Boulevard and N. High Street
- W. Lafayette Street between N. Front Street and N. High Street
- W. Nationwide Boulevard between N. Ludlow Street and N. High Street
- W. Spring Street between N. High Street and Neil Avenue
- W. Hickory Street between N. Front Street and Marconi Boulevard
- W. Rich Street between S. High Street and S. Civic Center Drive
- W. Town Street/W. Rich St. between Belle Street and S. High Street
- Front Street between W. Main Street and W. Spring Street
- W. State Street between S. High Street and S. Front Street
- W. Rich Street/W. Main St. between McDowell Street and the Scioto River
Friday, July 1 from 6 p.m. through midnight
- All streets inside the boundaries of the streets below will be closed:
- North: Spring Street- (including Spring Street)
- South: Mound Street
- West: McDowell Street
- East: 3rd Street
On-street parking for those with disability placards is available at the following locations:
- W. Gay Street between N. High Street and N. Front Street
- W. Mound Street between 2nd Street and S. Civic Center Drive (north side)
Lane restrictions in place on W. Broad Street between Marconi Boulevard and McDowell Street for the Scioto Peninsula/West Broad Street Improvements project will be temporarilty suspended from Thursday, June 30 through Monday, July 4. Three westbound lanes and two eastbound lanes will be available for travel. Because steel plates will be in place, please drive and bike with caution in this area.
Adjustments may be made to planned closures based on traffic or crowd size.
Please remember to be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists traveling to and from Red, White & Boom festivities. Bicyclists riding after sunset are required by law to have operational headlights, taillights and reflectors on their bikes.
A map Red, White & BOOM! street closures is available here: 2016 Red, White & BOOM! Street Closures
For more information about Red, White and Boom, please visit the event’s website.
Trail Access Information
The trail on the west side of the Scioto River will be closed between the Rich Street Bridge and Broad Street Bridge from Monday morning, June 27 through early Saturday morning, July 2. The Scioto Greenway trail on the west side of the river will be closed between the Rich Street Bridge and Broad Street Bridge from Thursday morning, June 30, through early Saturday morning, July 2.
River Access Information:
The Scioto River will be open for boating/canoe/kayak access until 11 a.m. on Friday, July 1. At 11 a.m. access will be restricted between the railroad trestle at the south end of North Bank Park to the railroad trestle south of the Main Street Bridge. Columbus Fire and Columbus Police will be on the water to enforce the restriction. The Nationwide Blvd launch area will be available for hand carry watercraft only, due to current water levels. Those interested in accessing the water with trailers or powerboats are advised to enter from the Lower Scioto ramp at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. Parking is limited.
More details from COTA:
COTA will provide expanded transportation service to Red, White & BOOM! on Friday, July 1, on Local lines, Express lines from Park & Rides and the CBUS. Before the fireworks, there will be an improved frequency of service traveling Downtown on most Local lines until approximately 9:00 p.m. Express service to Downtown from select Park & Ride locations will begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 8:30 p.m.
After the fireworks, Local and Express line buses will leave Downtown from designated Red, White & BOOM! boarding zones at approximately 10:45 p.m., 11:30 p.m. and midnight. Boarding zones will be posted in downtown High St. bus shelters. Riders can also look for COTA employees wearing “We move people. People move us.” t-shirts.
COTA riders can attend Ballpark BOOM at Huntington Park for free by showing a valid COTA Park & Ride wristband, valid COTA Pass, valid BuckID or CCAD ID.
COTA’s customer service call center will offer extended hours on July 1 from 6 a.m.-midnight, to assist customers with their transportation needs. To reach Customer Service, call (614) 228-1776. For more information about COTA and Red, White & Boom, visit COTA.com/BOOM.