Paving the Way: Central Ohio’s one-stop source for road construction and roadway safety information. Paving the Way is a partnership of the City of Columbus, ODOT, MORPC and the Federal Highway Administration.

The 2016 Glove Box Guide to Central Ohio Road Contruction is available:

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Largest Projects

North Side Fix I-270, US 23 (North High Street) and SR 315

Project Overview:

This project will make the I-270/US23 north side interchange safer by increasing capacity and improving traffic flow. Additional improvemnts have been added to the project including work on the SR 315/I-270 interchange. 

1. Reconfigure two of the ramps at the interchange of I-270 and US 23 (North High street) Two of the loop ramps, the ramp from I-270 E to US 23 N and the ramp from I270 W to US 23 S, will be reconfigured. ODOT will also add traffic signals at each of the new ramps to allow for better flow of traffic.
2. Widen US 23 ODOT will widen US 23 from Northwoods Boulevard to Lazelle Road from two lanes to three lanes in each direction. ODOT will also build an additional lane on US 23 southbound from I-270 to Northwoods Boulevard.
3. Construct two northbound express lanes on US 23 ODOT will build two lanes under the surface roads that will carry through traffic. The “trench,” as we call it, will begin just north of I-270 and end south of Northwoods Boulevard North. If you are driving in the “trench” will not be able to access Campus View Boulevard and Flint Road.
4. High Street over I-270 A new, decorative fence with the name “Worthington” on it will be built along the US 23 bridge over I-270. Pillars with brick pattern and coloring and limestone caps will be featured on both sides of the bridge, matching walls will be built adjacent to the ramps at the interchange.

Click the link below to see video animation to help drivers travel safely through the trench.

While opening the trench and other access points is a major milestone, there is still much to finish on the project. The new U.S. 23 bridge over I-270 has to be completed along with construction of the new ramps from Interstate 270 to U.S. 23 north and south. There is also an additional lane for southbound North High Street that will be constructed along with final paving, striping and landscaping. Continue to be alert for lane restrictions and crews at work in the area. The project is scheduled to be complete by Fall, 2016.

For more information, see to the project website at (ODOT)


Columbus Department of Public Service Road Project Fact Sheets

Columbus Department of Public Service Road Project Fact Sheets (current and future project overviews)

Hard Road Widening

Hard Road will be reconstructed and widened between Sawmill Road and Smoky Row Road beginning Monday, June 29, weather permitting. At least one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction during construction.

The project widens 1.2 miles of Hard Road from two lanes to five lanes between Sawmill Road and Smoky Row Road.  In addition, the project will add:

  • Curbs and sidewalks on both sides of Hard Road where none currently exist
  • Bike lanes on both sides of Hard Road where none currently exist
  • A traffic signal at the intersection of Hard Road and Foxboro Lane at the Northwest Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Improvements to the intersection of Hard Road and Sawmill Road
  • New street lights
  • New storm sewers
  • New water lines
  • Landscaping

The project will increase safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists, and will accommodate residential and business growth in the area. 

The work is scheduled for completion in October 2016.

For additional details about the project, visit

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)

West Side I-70 Widening and Improvements

Work on a widening and improvement of I-70 between I-270 and Hilliard-Rome Road begian in September, 2015. The project will add lanes in both directions on I-70, rehabilitate several bridges, resurface the roadway and construct noise walls.

At this time, the traffic impact will be limited to evenings and overnights, from 7 p.m. each evening to 5 a.m. each following morning. Motorists should be alert for crews at work and lane restrictions on westbound I-70 in the project area during these work hours. The project is scheduled for completion in 2017. (ODOT)

I-71 Widening Project

Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will build a third lane in each direction on Interstate 71 on the South Side of Franklin County.  The ODOT project will widen I-71 between S.R. 665 and Stringtown Road in Grove City. Crews installed temporary pavement in both directions of I-71 so two travel lanes can be maintained during the work.  Drivers on I-71 South are shifted over to the outside lanes as they travel through Grove City. 

The two-year, $37 million project is expected to be complete by Summer 2017.  (ODOT)

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. 

Glove Box Guide: Road Construction Overview Available

For an overview of 37 Central Ohio road projects and helpful information and resources on roadway safety and road construction, view Paving the Way’s 2016 Glove Box Guide to Central Ohio Road Construction at Paper copies will be available in area libraries in May or by request at  (Paving the Way)

North Side Mega Fix Update, Speed Limit Reduction

A new reduced work-zone speed limit is posted and in force for the North Side Mega-Fix Project. The  new speed limit in effect on I-270 and S.R. 315 at and near the I-270/S.R. 315 interchange will be 55 mph. Please be alert for reduced speed limit signs in this and all work-zones.  12 new signs are in place designating the new speed limit.


ODOT: Traffic Advisory for Union County

MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016

State Route 739 – (NEW) Beginning at 8 a.m., SR 739 will be closed in both directions between SR 37 and SR 31 for culvert replacement.  The detour from will be  SR 739 to SR 37 south to SR 47 west to SR 31 to SR 739 or reverse.  Completion: July 16th.

ODOT: Traffic Advisory for Delaware County

MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016

State Route 745 – (NEW) Starting at 7 a.m., SR 745 (Dublin Road) will close in both directions between Home Road and US 42 for a culvert replacement. The detour is US 42 to SR 257 to Home Road or reverse. Completion: July 15.

Union County Traffic Advisory

The following work is planned in the Union County area on the specified dates and times. All work is weather dependent; it may be postponed or cancelled without prior notice.


State Route 347 (NEW) ­– SR 347 will be closed in both directions between SR 4 and SR 37 at 9am for culvert replacement. The detour from the west is SR 4N to SR 37E to SR 347. The detour from the east is SR 37W to SR 4S to SR 347. Completion: September 10 at 3pm

State Route 31 – (NORTHBOUND) Beginning at 7 a.m., northbound SR 31 northbound will be reduced to one lane over US 33 to prepare for the upcoming bridge replacement project. By 5 p.m. each afternoon, both lanes of NB SR 31 will be open.  This ‘prep’ work is expected to be complete by Thursday afternoon, August, 18.

State Route 31(SOUTHBOUND) Southbound SR 31 will be reduced to one lane between Mill Road and Quail Hallow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday only.

TR-175 closed at CR-172 for bridge replacement


Township Road 175 – TR 175 will be closed at CR 172 for bridge replacement. The detour route will be posted. Completion: October 15


Darby Creek Road culvert

Darby Creek Road – (NEW)   Beginning at 7 a.m., Darby Creek Road will close in both directions just south of SR-762 for a culvert replacement. The detour is Darby Creek Road to Scioto-Darby Road to London Road to US-62 to SR-762 or reverse. Completion: October 6.

Fashion Meets Music

Traffic changes due to Fashion Meets Music event in Arena District:
Eastbound Long St is closed at Hocking St until approximately Monday Sep 5, 2 pm. Detour is Hocking to Nationwide Blvd.
Westbound Spring St is open until 6 pm Fri Sep 2 then closed at Marconi Blvd until Mon Sep 5, 2 pm.
Southbound Neil Ave open for tonight's baseball game then will close until Mon Sep 5, 2 pm.

SR 104 South Side Bridge Project

Big Weekend for South Side Bridge Replacement Project

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2016, weather permitting

Beginning Friday evening, September 9 at 7 p.m.: SR 104 east and west closed at US 23. Both directions of SR 104 traffic is maintained using the ramps at US 23. Note, there are traffic signals at both ramps and law enforcement officers will be present throughout the weekend. East bound drivers on SR 104 cannot go North bound on US 23. They should continue to Groveport Rd. to SR 104 west to US 23 NB.

Monday morning, September 12 at 5 a.m.: All ramps are back open. US 23 NB and SB are open with one lane for each direction.

The graphic below illustrates how traffic will be maintained through the weekend. 


Update: Weekend Work to Impact US 33 Traffic on Southeast Side

Weekend Work to Impact US 33 Traffic on Southeast Side

UPDATE: Due to weather, the planned construction for the weekend of September 30 has been cancelled. 

COLUMBUS –  If you travel US 33 on the south east side between Columbus and Lancaster, get ready. Planned construction work on several bridges means only one travel lane-- for about four miles--all weekend long. Because the work involves the entire bridge deck, US 33 has to be reduced to one lane to allow crews to repair the roadway a half at a time and still maintain traffic.

Weather permitting, the work begins this weekend on Friday, October 7.  Here’s how traffic between Columbus, Lancaster and Athens, Ohio will be impacted.


7 P.M.

  • Westbound US Route 33 reduced to one lane between Gender Rd. and Hamilton Rd.
  • Ramp from southbound Gender Road to US 33 west will close. The detour is Gender Road to US 33 east to Hill/Diley to US 33 west.

9 P.M.

  • Both directions of US Route 33 reduced to one lane between Gender Rd. and Hamilton Rd.
  • Ramp from northbound Hamilton Road to US 33 east will close. The detour is Hamilton Road to US 33 west to I-270 south to US 33 east.

5 A.M. MONDAY: All lanes and ramps open.

*The exit ramps to Gender Road and Hamilton Road will not be impacted; however, drivers should expect long delays and consider using alternate routes. 


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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)