Paving the Way is a partnership of MORPC, the City of Columbus, ODOT, and FHWA to provide information about ongoing road construction information in order to alleviate traffic congestion for commuters in and around Columbus. The website includes planned projects that governments and contractors have provided to the program.

Please bear in mind that Paving the Way does not contain all projects, nor does it always have specific project details. Paving The Way tries to be helpful, but should not be relied upon for emergency and weather-related closures. To report potholes, please contact the appropriate jurisdiction.


Largest Projects

Livingston Avenue Bridge Over Blacklick Creek Lane Closures

Lane closures will begin April 16 and be reopened in mid-September for a bridge deck replacement on Livingston Avenue over Blacklick Creek. 

Livingston Avenue will be reduced from four lanes to two lanes, with two-way traffic.

The project is expected to be completed in late October.

(Franklin County Engineer)

US 33 Widening on Southest Side

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) project to widen US 33 in both directions between I-270 and SR 317/Hamilton Road started Monday, May 14, 2018.  Once complete, there will be three travel lanes for both east and westbound travel on US 33. The project will also widen the bridges over Big Walnut Creek. Work will occur in the existing right-of-way and does not require additional land. All lanes on US 33 will be resurfaced. 

The purpose of this project is to improve travel and safety on US 33 between these two interchanges and decrease congestion. Just over 73,000 vehicles use US 33 between Hamilton Road and I-270 each day. More information is on ODOT's website.

Traffic will be maintained during construction using temporary pavement. Nighttime and weekend lane and ramp closures are permitted with posted detours. To receive notifications of traffic impacts, go to and enter your email address. 

The $14 million project is expected to be complete Fall of 2019.


I-670 / I-270 Smart Lane

Construction has begun on the state's first SmartLane -- a seven mile stretch of Interstate 670 between downtown and the John Glenn International Airport. The project includes rebuilding the left shoulder on I-670 eastbound to better accommodate drivers in the SmartLane, resurfacing I-670 between I-71 and I-270, and reconfiguring the interchange at I-670, I-270 and US 62.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be converting the left-side shoulder into an additional travel lane during peak travel times, called a SmartLane. State-of-the-art digital overhead signs will be installed every three-quarters of a mile to let motorists know if the lane is open to traffic or closed by displaying either a red “X” or a green arrow. The SmartLane will generally be open Monday through Friday during the evening rush hour, about 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM.  The lane will only be opened during off-peak times if traffic conditions warrant a need for it.

During construction, drivers will experience ramp and lane closures, most of which will occur overnight and on weekends. 

Key Project Points

  • Initial work includes paving all lanes of I-670 both directions.
  • Initial work also includes placing 20,000 feet of concrete barrier on the far left lane of EB 670, separating the travel lane and shoulder. This allows the contractor to work on rebuilding the shoulder and making it a travel lane.
  • Most work that impacts traffic will be nights and weekends.
  • Crews will be working behind the barrier wall on EB 670 during the day.
  • Paving has completion date of mid-October this year, weather permitting.
  • The Smartlane and interchange improvements at 670 and 270 have a completion date of Fall 2019.

The $60 million project is expected to be complete by the end of 2019. The project will run over into 2020 as that is when the noise walls on 670 will be completed.

For more information, visit:


SR 315 Southbound Ramp from Olentangy River Road

The entrance ramp to SR 315 southbound from Olentangy River Road, near Riverside Hospital, is scheduled to close on August 16, 2018. This ramp will be closed into late summer 2019. 

The detour will be to use the ramp in front of Riverside Hospital off of North Broadway to SR 315 south. 

(City of Columbus)

Old Hamilton Road Improvements

Old Hamilton Road will be closed beginning August 20.

Georgia visited with the Estates at New Albany apartment complex this morning.  Their main entrance is at Roundabout Blvd off of Old Hamilton.  This entrance to the Estates at New Albany apartment complex will be maintained to local traffic when Old Hamilton is closed. Access to the fitness center and other businesses will be open from Dublin-Granville Road but closed off of Old Hamilton Road.

The public-private partnership project involves roadway improvements to Old Hamilton from the Roundabout to Dublin-Granville Road and Dublin-Granville Road from approximately 600’ west of Old Hamilton to Old Hamilton. Old Hamilton will be widened and resurfaced and Dublin-Granville Road will be reconstructed. Additional improvements include sidewalk, shared use path, intersection upgrades, streetscape improvements, new storm sewer, stormwater basin, and street lighting.

The project is expected to be completed November 19, weather permitting.

(City of Columbus)

New Albany Road W between Central College Road and Churchhill Downs Drive

New Albany Rd. between Central College Road and Churchhill Downs Drive will be closed starting on August 20th. The project includes the construction of an oblongabout (similar to a roundabout) with streetscaping and additional parking spots.

The road will likely remain closed until the end of June 2019. 

Warner Road Closure at Ulry Road

Work is being performed at the intersection of Warner Road and Ulry Road, with Warner Road being closed east of the intersection beginning August 27.

Warner road will be a total reconstruction with new curbs, a sidewalk on north side, and a shared path on the south side. Ulry Road is a widening on both the east and west sides with a shared path on the east side and new storm work on the west side.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of November.

(City of Columbus)

Scottwood Road Area Water Line Improvements

The Scottwood Road Area Water Line Improvements Project have begun. Residents should be aware of closures and lane shifts.

This is part of the Division of Water’s Replacement and Rehabilitation (R &R) Program.  The water line project area is located within the Eastmoor/Walnut Ridge Planning Area, north of Interstate 70 and south of Astor Avenue, between S. James Road and Courtright Road (see accompanying map). The goal of this project is to replace the existing 2-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch water lines that have a high break frequency. Replacement of these water lines will improve water service, decrease burden on water maintenance operations, and reduce water loss.

Work is currently being performed on the James Road portion through November, at which point the construction will shift to Scottwood Dr between James and Barnett.

The entire project is expected to be completed in August 2019, with various portions of it being completed at different times throughout the process. For more information on the project visit here:

(City of Columbus)

Rowe Road between Williams Street and US 23

Rowe Road is closed between Williams Street and U.S. 23 for emergency road repair. 

The posted detour route for westbound traffic on Rowe Road will follow Williams Street /Lockbourne Road, south to Sheperd Road, west to Picway Road, south to U.S.23 and north to Rowe Road. Eastbound motorists will follow the detour in the opposite direction.

The closured end date has not been determined.

(Franklin County Engineer)

Wilson Road Southbound Lane Restriction over I-70

Southbound travel lanes on the Wilson Road bridge over Interstate 70 are currently restricted after a truck traveling EB on I-70  hit the bridge causing permanent damage. One southbound lane will remained closed indefinitely.

There are multiple beams under the bridge that were NOT damaged. That’s why one southbound lane (left lane) and both northbound lanes on Wilson Road remain open.


Morse Road near Babbitt Road

Beginning October 15, 2018, a portion of Morse Road near Babbitt Road will be closed for a period of up to 53 days (approximately December 7).

The purpose of the closure is to construct a waterline extension to serve the Beech Road portion of the New Albany International Business Park.  For more information about the project, please refer to the Project Update portion of the City of New Albany’s website at

Noe Bixby Road between Broad and Naiche

Noe Bixby Road between East Broad Street and Naiche Road will have a water line construction project beginning October 29.

Traffic will be maintained in both directions, but some delays can be expected for temporary stops. 

The project is expected to be completed by February 1, weather permitting.

(City of Columbus)

I-70 Reconstruction West of Franklin County

The ODOT project to rebuild the existing pavement on I-70 from US 42 to the Franklin County line will began October 8, 2018.

  • Lanes will be restricted to allow the contractor to complete pavement repairs before the winter, mostly taking place at night.
  • Next year, crews will begin work to replace the existing pavement with asphalt. The project also includes new drainage, signage, guardrail, cable barrier and bridge work.
  • The $49 million project is expected to be complete in October 2020.

McKinley Avenue south of Trabue Road

McKinley Avenue is closed south of Trabue Road for a sanitary/storm/water project. The closure is in one spot, meaning the road can still be accessed from the north or south.

The project is expected to be completed by Dec. 14.

(City of Columbus)

Nelson Road Between Airport Drive and 5th Avenue

Nelson Rd will be closed to through traffic from Airport Drive to E. Fifth Avenue starting October 9, 2018 for railroad track removal and possible water line lowering.

The project is expected to take 30 days.

3rd Avenue Widening near Railroad between Edgehill Road and Columbus Fire Station #25

Eastbound 3rd Avenue is detoured at Northwest Boulevard, except for local business traffic. This detour is expected to be in place for the rest of the year.

This is for a widening, reconstruction and pedestrian path project -- part of which includes the railroad bridge.

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

All bridge work is expected to finish in February 2019. Road and sidewalk work will start once the bridgework is complete.

Please drive with extra caution through this and all road-construction work-zones. More information on this project is available at:

(City of Columbus)

Gay Street and Cleveland Avenue - Creative Campus Streetscape Project

East Gay Street from Cleveland Avenue to North Washington Avenue is closed, and Cleveland Avenue is one-lane northbound only from Broad Street to Long Street.

The closures are part of the Creative Campus streetscape project, which will reconstruct Gay Street. Improvements include brick/pavers for the pavement, raised intersection tables at Cleveland Avenue, 9th Street and North Washington Avenue. Also included are new sidewalks with streetscape elements that will help enhance East Gay Street as a more pedestrian-friendly environment.

Construction is scheduled to be completed September 2018, with landscaping running through November.

(City of Columbus)

Waggoner Road north of Broad Street

Northbound traffic will be shifted into the center lane on Waggoner Road at Overmont Ridge Road for storm sewer construction under the pavement. Traffic will be slower than usual  until work is completed and asphalt is replaced on July 30th. Traffic will be maintained in both directions at all times.

Overmont Ridge Road and Dolmen Drive will also experience lane closures.

These closures are part of a widening and construction of a shared use path on Waggoner Road from Broad Street to Chapel Stone Road.

The project is expected to be completed in October 2018.

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 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. Completion is expected to be in the fall of 2018.

I-71 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. 

Various overnight lane restrictions will be in place. The entrance ramp from Greenlawn Avenue to I-71 northbound will close temporarily for 15 days sometime in July 2018. 

More information on the project can be found here.


Cannon Drive Relocation / State Route 315 Closures

State Route 315 Ramp Closures

Continuing through late November 2018, the entrance ramp to southbound SR-315 at Cannon Drive and 12th Avenue will be closed, as well as Cannon Drive between 12th Avenue and Herrick Drive (which will remain closed until 2019).

Motorists may use Neil Ave. to exit this area of campus. Detour signs will be posted. Dates are weather dependent and subject to change. 

The northbound SR- 315 exit ramp to Medical Center Drive / King Avenue is now open


View construction detours and Cannon Drive Relocation Project websites for additional information. The project will straighten and elevate Cannon Drive to provide future flood protection and open up 12 acres of developable land. The first phase of construction is expected to last through the fall of 2019.

(Ohio State)

Scioto Darby Road and Leppert Road Reconstruction

Work is taking place for the reconstruction of Scioto Darby Road and Leppert Road.

The project will provide substantial improvements to Scioto Darby Road, which will include constructing two roundabouts, new curbs and multi-use paths, as well as lighting and landscaping, this summer and next. 

The project is taking place in phases and includes a closure of Leppert Road at Scioto Darby to the north at the Heritage Trail crossing until the end of August 2018. One lane of travel in both directions along Scioto Darby Rd is being maintained through the project.

The completion date of the project is October 2019, weather permitting. More information can be found here

(City of Hilliard)

Grant Avenue Bridge Closing

At 8 a.m. on January 9, the Grant Avenue Bridge, which crosses I-70/71 will close in preparation to be demolished and replaced. This is part of the current construction project to improve the Interstate 70/71 downtown 'split'. The new Grant Avenue bridge is expected to open later this fall.

The detour is: 

Southbound Grant Ave. Detour: Mound St. WB to 3rd SB to Livingston head east.

Northbound Grant Ave Detour: Livingston EB to Parsons NB to Main St. head west.


Along with a new bridge at Grant Avenue, the current project improves Mound Street between 4th and High Streets by adding granite curbs, brick crosswalks, decorative signals, lighting and landscaping. The project also converts Fulton Street to one-way eastbound from 4th to Washington.

The $31 million project which started this past spring is expected to be complete by late fall 2018.


Arcadia Avenue Area Water Line Improvements

The Arcadia Avenue Area Water Line Improvements project began in June. Arcadia is now open to two-way traffic.

The project also includes work on the following streets: Arcadia, Northwood, Patterson, Maynard, East, Blake, Duncan, Calumet, Adams, Medary, Mood, Northridge, Blemhien, Dorko, Weibel and Oakland Park (from I-71 to Cleveland). Please be aware of various lane restrictions and closures throughout the project, which is scheduled to last approximately 15 months (August/September 2019).

(City of Columbus)

SR 161 between Little Turtle Way and Sunbury Road

There is a resurfacing prjoect taking place on State Route 161 between Little Turtle Way and Sunbury Road. There are various nightly closures of ramps depending on which lane is being worked on. The work is taking place approximately four weeks (Sun to Thurs nights), weather pending (approximately November 9). 

Message boards are being updated daily with each expected closure.

(City of Columbus)

Mound Street Reconstruction

Monday March 5, Mound Street becomes one way for WB only traffic between Fourth and Front.

Reconstruction of Mound Street begins March 5 and will continue until fall 2018,  weather permitting.


I-270 between Hilliard and Dublin

I-270 is being widened on the northwest side of Franklin County between Dublin and Hilliard. This project:

  • Widens both directions of Interstate 270 from three to four lanes between Trabue Road and U.S. 33 on the Northwest Side of Franklin County
  • Rehabilitates 10 bridges • Upgrades all highway safety features including guardrail, cable rail, drainage, lighting and signing
  • Constructs two noise walls • The interstate will be widened within the existing median
  • Traffic on this stretch of I-270 between Hilliard and Dublin is expected to increase by 30,000 vehicles a day in the next 20 years
  • At least two lanes will be maintained during construction
  • There will be coordination between this project and the I-270/US 3

Drivers should expect lane closures and lane shifts during construction. All lanes and ramps will be open by the end 2018. 

The project is set to be completed in the fall of 2018, weather permitting, although final paving of all lanes and ramps will not occur until 2019.


SR 315 Closure between I-670 and I-70 Saturday

State Route 315 will be closed in both directions between I-670 and I-70 throughout the day on Saturday, November 17, beginning at 7 a.m. and lasting until approximately 8 a.m. on Sunday, November 18. This is for the closure of the floodwall roller gate just north of Broad Street and sewer work.

Lane closures prior to the full closure on SR315 southbound will begin around midnight.

(City of Columbus)

Karl Road and Cooke Road Intersection

Work has begun at the intersection of Karl Road and Cooke Road. Drivers should expect lane closures and lane shifts. This traffic control will be in place for 24 hours a day for approximately a month.

In addition, there will be no left turn signs installed for north & southbound Karl Road and for the driveway exiting the school. A law enforcement officers will be present during school hours.

(City of Columbus)


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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)