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 government agencies to provide information to post on our Web site. 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. If you see orange barrels and don’t see the project on our website please call us at 645-PAVE (7283) or click on the link below. We will work to find out the details and to get that information posted as soon as possible.

Is Paving the Way available to speak at community meetings?

Yes, Paving the Way has staff who are available to discuss road construction projects or roadway safety at community meetings. Please call 645-PAVE (7283) to schedule a speaker.

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.

I have a suggestion or idea for the Paving the Way Program. How can I let you know?

Please e-mail us by clicking here:
email Paving The Way
or call us at (614) 645-PAVE (7283)

I didn't hear about lane/road closure on the radio/TV this morning. Why?

Paving The Way issues new releases on a daily basis during the busy summer months. Unfortunately traffic reporters have limited time to report on roadway conditions in the mornings and afternoons. If there is a major accident, traffic reporters may spend their time letting drivers know what is happening at that moment, as opposed to a closure that may occur later in the day.