Have Questions?

A project I'm looking for is not listed on the Web site. Why not?

Are you aware of a long-term or significant project that is not listed on our website? The Paving the Way program invites all local government agencies to provide information to post on our website. There is no mandatory requirement for government agencies or contractors to notify us of their projects. Some construction plans from the state, Franklin County and City of Columbus do contain requirements for notifying Paving the Way of traffic changes, but occasionally contractors do not comply. 

I see white “No Parking” signs with red letters on my street. What does this mean?

Typically this means road work is coming to your street. Most jurisdictions require a three-day notice for such parking restrictions. Check the dates on the sign, you can still park before the dates of enforcement. Most residential street work is resurfacing. For a general overview of what to expect from a residential resurfacing project, see this overview from the City of Columbus’ Department of Public Service.

Why isn't more roadwork done at night?

Working hours for projects are usually determined at the time the construction plans are designed. Design engineers consider the type of work, environmental factors and cost. Some projects have certain phases which can be required to be done at night while other phases may be designed for strictly day work. Bridge and underground work (such as sewer projects) are rarely done while it's dark for safety reasons. Night work also lowers productivity because of limited lighting conditions and can extend the time and cost of a project. Major pavement resurfacing, however, is often performed during the night in warm weather months.

Nighttime work can be hazardous to road crews because traffic is lighter, allowing motorists to travel faster through work zones. Drivers’ abilities also may deteriorate during the night with fatigue and perhaps impairment. Projects near neighborhoods require limited working hours so as not to disturb residents. The final factor is cost. Night work can almost double the cost of a project.