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Largest Projects

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)

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. 

West 3rd Avenue Widening near Railroad between Edgehill Road and Columbus Fire Station #25 (W. Third)

UPDATE: This work is on hold as design changes are being made.

Watch for workers, equipment and flagging operations on West 3rd Avenue between Edgehill Road and Columbus Fire Station #25 as crews begin work on a widening, reconstruction and pedestrian path project. Motorists may wish to consider W. 5th Avenue and Goodale Blvd.  as alternate routes during this work .

The project will facilitate traffic flow, improve safety and provide pedestrian and bicyclist accommodations with the following improvements:

  • Widening and reconstructing the roadway
  • Constructing a new two-span railroad bridge
  • Building curbs, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps (ADA), sidewalks and a shared-use path
  • Upgrading street lights, signs and underground cables for traffic signals
  • Planting street trees and landscaping
  • Installation of  new traffic signals at:
    • Edgehill Road and W. 3rd Avenue
    • Edgehill Road and W. 5th Avenue

‚ÄčThe work is expected to be completed in autumn 2017, weather permitting.

Please drive with extra caution through this and all road-construction work-zones. More information on this project is available at: http://www.columbus.gov/publicservice/streets/project-information/3rd-Avenue-between-Edgehill-Road-and-fire-station/

(Columbus Public Service)

Indianola Avenue Bridge over the Glen Echo Ravine Rehabilitation

The Indianola Avenue (US Route 23) bridge over the Glen Echo Ravine will close for six months beginning early Monday morning, April 10. Crews will be rehabilitating the existing arch and bridge.

  • Detour for motorists and cyclists: E. Arcadia Avenue to N. High Street to E. Weber Road or the reverse.
  • Pedestrian detour: Pedestrians will not be able to cross the bridge. The detour for pedestrians only is E. Arcadia Avenue to Calumet Street to Olentangy Street or the reverse. Please note, the stairs to the park on the northeast side of the bridge will not be accessible.

Access to the bridge and the ravine below will be strictly prohibited during construction. There will be a chain link fence around the entire bridge. Work vehicles will access the arch using the dirt road from Glen Echo Drive, east of the bridge.

The bridge is expected to reopen by October 7, 2017, weather permitting.

Note: Taking the posted detour is important, the nearby side streets are not equipped to handle a large amout of through-traffic safely.

Diagram:

For more information on the project see the project flier at http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D06/current-construction-and-maintenance/Documents/Glen%20Echo%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf. (ODOT)

 

Sunbury Road reduced to Northbound-Only Traffic, County Line Road to Maxtown Road

Sunbury Road will be reduced to northbound-only traffic between County Line Road (Smothers Road) and Maxtown Road for widening and improvements beginning Monday, May 1, weather permitting.  The project includes road widening, storm sewer placement, and a new multi-use path. The posted detour route for southbound motorists is: Maxtown Road west to N. Spring Road, south to County Line Road, and east to back to Sunbury Road. The project is scheduled to be complete late this fall. For additional information see: https://www.westerville.org/home/showdocument?id=25675  (Franklin County Engineer/Delaware County Engineer/Westerville)

Parsons Avenue Street Rehabilitation Project

Parsons Avenue will be reduced to southbound-only traffic between E. Broad Street and Franklin Avenue, beginning Monday, April 24, for a street rehabilitation project, weather permitting. The project includes pavement reconstruction; installation of curb bumpouts; sidewalk widening; signal upgrades and other improvements. The project is scheduled to be complete by Spring 2018.

The detour for northbound traffic is E. Town Street, west to S. Washington Avenue, north to E. Broad Street and east, back to Parsons Avenue.

For more details see the Project Fact Sheet at http://bit.ly/parsonsbroad

(Columbus Public Service)

North Side Fix Update

North High Street (US 23) drivers should prepare for a new traffic pattern on the ramps to I-270 west and SR 315 starting  Tuesday, June 13, weather permitting.

Here's what drivers can expect:

  • NEW RAMP FOR US 23 NORTH: Traffic will take the temporary ramp to I-270 West instead of merging directly onto the interstate. 
  • US 23 SOUTH TRAFFIC MUST YIELD ON RAMP TO I-270 WEST/SR 315: 
    • Traffic coming from US 23 south will now have to yield to traffic coming from northbound  US 23 at the merge point shown in the graphic below. 

Drivers should allow extra time as motorists adjust to this new traffic pattern. 

For more information on the North Side Fix Project which expected to be complete by Fall 2017, visit: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/projects/I-270/Pages/default.aspx
 

CLICK TO VIEW LARGER IMAGE:

(ODOT)

SR 315, Olentangy River Road, Goodale Blvd, and Twin Rivers Drive Work

   

Reconstruction near the SR 315 SB Exit Ramp to Olentangy River Rd. started on Monday, July 17. This project will improve the Goodale Blvd/Twin Rivers Dr/Olentangy River Rd intersection and the SR 315/Olentangy River Rd intersection. This $3.5 million project will be complete mid-November of 2017, weather permitting. 

 

 

Update to this project: Goodale Blvd. will be reduced to one lane eastbound at the Olentangy River Rd. intersection starting 9 a.m. on Monday, August 21, through September 14.

Impacts to Traffic:

  • Twin Rivers Dr. will close for 45 days (roughly September 13) at the intersection with Goodale Blvd. 

  • Long-term lane closures on Olentangy River Rd. and Goodale Blvd.

  • Two SB lanes and one NB lane will be maintained on Olentangy River Rd. 

  • One EB lane will be maintained on Goodale Blvd.

  • Lane closures on SR 315 SB and the SR 315 SB ramp to Olentangy River Rd.

Intersection Improvements:

View a graphic here.

  • SR 315 SB Exit Ramp to Olentangy River Rd. will be widened to 3 lanes at the signal

  • New dual left turn lanes from SB Olentangy River Rd. to Goodale Blvd.

  • New right turn lane from NB Olentangy River Rd. to SR 315 SB Ramp

  • Olentangy River Rd. will be resurfaced north of Goodale Blvd.

  • Goodale Blvd. will be resurfaced at the intersection with Olentangy River Rd./Twin Rivers Dr. 

Project Benefits:

  • Relieves pressure on Goodale Blvd. & Olentangy River Rd. traffic signals

  • Moves traffic to and from SR 315 more efficiently

  • Creates opportunities for new development

  • Improves safety and reduces congestion on SR 315

(ODOT, City of Columbus and Nationwide Realty)

I-70 West Into Downtown Between 18th and Grant Reduced to One Lane

East Side drivers headed downtown via Interstate 70 will notice a new traffic pattern just before the I-70/71 split.

I-70 west is reduced to one lane between 18th Street and Grant Avenue for nine months (roughly April 2018) to construct a retaining wall along the interstate. That means I-70 west thru traffic and traffic headed to I-71 south have to merge into the left lane sooner than they did prior to construction.

Drivers are encouraged to follow the signs and choose their lane early. 

This $41 million project is the first of five projects to improve the I-70/71 corridor. The first project will build a new wider bridge at Grant Avenue as well as make improvements to Mound and Fulton. 

South Side 'Mega Fix' Between Grove City and Columbus

The South Side 'Mega Fix' is a five-mile ODOT construction project on Interstate 71 between Columbus and Grove City that will build extra lanes, new bridges and exit ramps. The $113 million project will be under construction for three years with completion planned for the Fall of 2020. 

Work officially began Sunday, August 13, on I-71 north. One lane will be closed overnight between Stringtown Road and Frank Road. Starting Wednesday, August 16, one lane of I-71 south will be closed. These overnight lane closures between Stringtown Road and Frank Road are expected to last through the entire week of August 13.

More information on the project can be found here.

(ODOT)

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I-270 Construction

The ramp from eastbound Broad Street to I-270 north (west side) will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for bridge work. The detour is Broad Street to I-270 south to Georgesville Road to I-270 north. Completion: June 20. (ODOT)