SR 256 will be closed next Wednesday, May 29th and Thursday, May 30th, for a culvert replacement in Fairfield County. Crews will perform work to replace a culvert on SR 256 between Rader Road and Township Road 15. This section of SR 256 will only be closed during daytime hours between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., and this work should be completed within two days. Traffic will be detoured east on SR 256 to SR 13, then north on SR 13 to SR 204, then west on SR 204 to SR 188, then south on SR 188 back to SR 256, and reverse. (ODOT)
• Always expect a train. Even if one train has passed, another one may be coming on another set of tracks.
• Listen, watch and be cautious at all railroad crossings.
• Never get caught on tracks. Always be certain there is room on the other side to completely clear tracks before crossing.
• Never stop on tracks. If gates begin to lower, continue crossing until you clear the tracks.
• Never go around lowered crossing gates or through flashing lights at railroad crossings. If you think it is stuck, find another route.
• Crossing tracks on a bicycle requires caution and extra attention! Narrow wheels can get caught between the rails. If possible, walk - don't ride - across. Always cross at a 90-degree angle.
• Remember, a passenger train traveling 80 mph takes about 2,200 feet to stop or the length of seven football fields.
• You cannot always judge the speed or distance of a moving train. Moving trains can create optical illusions, appearing to move slower and be farther away than they actually are.
• If your vehicle stalls on a crossing, get everyone out and off the tracks immediately. If a train is coming, quickly move away from the tracks . Proceed quickly towards the train at a 45 degree angle so that if the train strikes your car you will be safe from flying debris.
• Prepare to stop behind school and commercial buses and trucks carrying hazardous materials. These vehicles must stop at all railroad crossings. (Paving the way/FHWA)
Beginning next Tuesday, May 21st, SR 256 in Fairfield County will be closed for multiple culvert replacements. Crews will be replacing three culverts just south of New Salem on SR 256 between Township Road 71 (New Salem Rd.) and the SR 256 and SR 13 intersection. The road will only be closed during daytime hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and this work should be completed within four days. Beginning at the intersection of SR 256 and SR 188, traffic will be detoured east on SR 188 to SR 204 in Thornville, then east on SR 204 to SR 13, then south on SR 13 back to SR 256, and reverse. (ODOT)
Watkins Road will close immediately east of Alum Creek Drive, Monday morning, May 13 at 9 a.m., weather permitting. This closure is expected to be in place through mid-June and is part of the Alum Creek Drive widening and reconstruction project. The recommended alternate is Williams Road to Spangler Road. (Columbus)
Groveport Road will be closed at Alum Creek Drive for the construction of a roundabout. The closure is scheduled to occur on or about May 6 until early June, weather permitting. The posted detour route for westbound motorists is Alum Creek Drive south to Rathmell Road, west to Frusta Drive, and north to Groveport Road. Eastbound traffic should follow the detour route in the opposite direction.
Local access to McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, and the B.P. Gas Station will be maintained from Alum Creek Drive. The service road from Groveport Road to the Comfort Inn and Arby’s will remain open and can be accessed from just east of Alum Creek Drive within the construction zone. (Franklin County)
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.)
Resurfacing work will begin on State Route 159, in Fairfield County. Beginning at 8:00 a.m., Monday, April 29, S.R. 159 will be restricted to one 10 foot lane, between the Pickaway county line and U.S. Route 22. Motorists should drive with caution and expect delays in work zone areas. Completion is scheduled for September 30, 2013. (ODOT)
The Richardson Road Bridge, located just south of Groveport Road over Little Walnut Creek, will be closed on or about April 15 until August 2013, weather permitting. The posted detour route for northbound motorists is Hayes Road east to Lithopolis Road, north to Groveport Road, and west to Richardson Road. Southbound traffic should follow the detour route in the opposite direction. The Links at Groveport can be reached using Richardson Road from the south only. (Franklin County)
Liberty Street will close to through traffic between S. Front and Short streets beginning Monday, March 18 at 9 a.m. for work on the City of Columbus OARS Sewer project. Businesses, organizations and residences on Liberty Street will remain accessible from S. Front Street. Businesses on Short Street will be accessible via W. Mound Street. The detour is S. Front Street, north to W. Mound Street, west to Short Street and south on Short Street. This closure is expected to remain in place through about mid-August, weather permitting. (Columbus Public Utilities)
Beginning Monday, March 4, work will begin on the I-70 bridges over Canal Road (Township Hwy 171), located approximately two miles west of the SR 79 Interchange in Licking County. This project replaces and widens the existing bridge structures and resurfaces a section of Canal Road.
East and westbound I-70 traffic will be maintained. Expect intermittent lane restrictions and traffic pattern shifts throughout the project.
Expect overnight lane closures on I-70 between SR 37 and SR 79 in Licking County from 8 p.m. nightly through 5 a.m. the next morning.
The Park Trail, located beneath the structures, will be closed at times as the project progresses.
This project is expected to be complete by late November. (ODOT)
Various residential streets will be closed to through-traffic for the Innis Area Water Line Improvement Project beginning Monday, February 18. Affected streets include Rhoads Avenue, Weiler Avenue, Woodrow Avenue, Kelton Avenue, Lawrence Drive, and Innis Avenue. Expect closures of these streets for water line replacement. Contractors will maintain access to homes in the area. This project is expected to be complete late this summer. (Columbus)
Crews are working on water lines as part of the Alum Creek Drive widening project. Additionally, a new 35 mph speed limit remains in force in the work-zone area. Please watch your speed and drive with care at all times in all work zones; and remember, traffic fines are doubled in active Ohio work zones. The widening project continues with one lane maintained in each direction through fall 2014.
Alum Creek Drive will be widened between Williams Road and SR 104. The project will include improvements such as new curbs, storm sewers, street lighting and signals, sidewalks, ADA-compliant curb ramps and multi-use trails for pedestrians and bicyclists.
At least one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on Alum Creek Drive and Williams Road during this project. Expect some mid-day flagging operations and some side street closures as the project progresses. The work is expected to be complete by fall 2014. (Columbus)
A project to reconfigure Groveport Road at Alum Creek Drive as a highway interchange is under way until November 2013.The project involves the construction of a flyover bridge and bypass roadway, south of Groveport Road, that will include roundabouts located east and west of Alum Creek Drive. Alum Creek Drive will also be widened immediately north and south of Groveport Road.
Other work includes the construction of storm sewers, curbing, gutters, driveway aprons, sidewalks, multiuse paths, median strips, and guardrail; installation of new street lighting, and traffic control signals and signage; and landscaping.
Motorists should expect slower than normal traffic while lanes are restricted. A posted alternate route for westbound motorists will follow Bixby Road south to Alum Creek Drive, north to Rathmell Road, west to Frusta Drive, and north to Groveport Road. Eastbound traffic may follow the alternate route in the opposite direction. Travel on Alum Creek Drive will be maintained during most of the project. The only closure currently scheduled is to occur over a weekend, in September, when steel beams are set for the new flyover bridge. The posted detour route will use Frusta Drive and Rathmell Road.
In 2013, Groveport Road will be closed east and west of Alum Creek Drive for the completion of the two roundabouts. During this closure, the Groveport Road alternate route will be used as the detour route. (Franklin County)
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:
Ongoing Restrictions and Ramp Closures
• The ramp from I-71 north to I-670 west is closed until November 2013. The detour is I-70 to SR 315.
• The ramp from Long Street to I-71 north is closed until November 2013 for the Columbus Crossroads project. The detour is 17th Street to Broad Street to 4th Street to I-670.
• The ramp from I-71 south to Spring Street is closed until November 2013. The detour is I-71 to Broad Street to Cleveland Avenue.
• The ramp from Fifth Avenue to southbound I-71 is closed until summer 2012. The detour is Fifth Avenue east to Leonard Avenue, south to I-670 west to southbound I-71.
• The ramps from Cleveland Avenue to I-670 eastbound are closed until summer 2013.
• The ramps from Broad Street to I-71 north and I-670 west are closed until 2013 to ensure there are two thru lanes of traffic during construction and adequate room for the contractor to work. Once the first project is complete, there will be three lanes of traffic in both directions on 71. The detour will be Broad Street to 4th Street to I-670 to I-71.
• The ramp from I-71 north to Leonard Avenue is closed and will remain closed until fall 2013.
Getting to Businesses on Parsons Avenue or Nationwide Children's Hospital
From I-71 south, take the Main Street exit and go east on Main to Parsons Avenue.
From I-71 north, take the Broad Street exit and go right, or east, to Parsons Avenue.
Access the I-71 north ramp directly from Parsons Avenue between Mooberry and Main Street.
Access I-71 south from Parsons Avenue by going west on Main Street and turning south onto the entrance ramp
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