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Largest Projects

Northside Fix

January 13 Update: 

Beginning at 9 a.m. on January 13, there will be two lanes only for southbound US 23 (North High Street) starting just north of Flint Road to Campus View Blvd. Crews, working behind orange barrels, will be installing a waterline and temporary pavement on the west side of US 23 south. W. Campus View Blvd will remain open and there will be no restrictions to US 23 north. The traffic pattern change for this section of US 23 south will be in effect around the clock for two weeks depending on the weather.

Project Overview:

This project will make the I-270/US23 north side interchange safer by increasing capacity and improving traffic flow. Work on the project is expected to continue through Fall 2015.

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.

I-270 Widening (South Side)

The ramp from US 23 south to I-270 east (on the south side) is closed. This ramp will be closed for a year as part of the I-270 south widening project. The detours are US 23 north to SR 104 to US 33 east to I-270 or I-270 west to US 62 to I-270 east. Completion: October 2014. (ODOT)

I-70/71 Mound Street Connector Project

The $28 million project, known as the Mound Street Connector will: 

• Build a new bridge that will provide access from I-70 west into downtown at Mound Street. 
• This new bridge will travel over what is known currently as the “downtown east split.” 
• Mound Street will be streetscaped with trees, brick crosswalks, sidewalks, decorative street lights and traffic signals, and changed to one-way westbound traffic from Fourth Street to Washington Street (at the new ramp). 
• The Bridge at 18th Street will be completely rebuilt. 
• The 4th Street ramp from I-70 west will close after the new Mound Street ramp opens. 
• The Fulton entrance ramp to I-71 north will close permanently.

The Mound Street Connector Project is the next major phase of work to rebuild the I-70/71 corridor. This project will focus on the “east split,” one of the biggest trouble spots and highest crash zones. The first project on the I-70/71 corridor, the reconstruction of Interstates 71 and 670, began in 2011, and is currently about 75% complete. Weather permitting, all travel movements are expected to be open on the I-71/670 project by this November.

Even though the Mound Street Connector Project and I-71/670 will be under construction at the same time, ODOT will coordinate closures and restrictions in an effort to minimize inconvenience for the motoring public.

Current restrictions:

  • A lane shift is in place on westbound I-70 near S. 18th Street 
  • The exit from E. Fulton Street to northbound I-71 is closed permanently
  • Work on extending E. Mound Street is in progress

 February 28 UPDATE:

One Block of Mound Street to Close as part of  Mound Street Connector Project

E. Mound Street will close between S. Fourth and S. Fifth streets for two months beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, March 3 as part of the I-70/71 Mound Street Connector Project.

Consider E. Main Street and E. Fulton Street as alternates. The posted detour for eastbound traffic will be S. Fourth Street north to E. Main Street, east to S. Fifth Street and south back to E. Mound Street.  For westbound traffic, the posted detour is S. Fifth Street, south to E. Fulton Street, west to S. Fourth Street and back north to E. Mound Street.

During this time, also watch for a lane closure on S. Fourth Street between E. Engler St. and E. Noble St. Four lanes of S. Fourth Street will remain open to traffic.

By May 5, weather permitting, all lanes on E. Mound St. and 4th St. are expected to be open. (

The Mound Street Connector is expected to be complete late fall of 2014. See for additional details. (ODOT)

I-71/I-670 Crossroads project

Columbus Crossroads Project Overview

Project Overview
The Columbus Crossroads Project is the biggest active project in Central ohio. The first phase is the reconstruction of the I-71/670 interchange which is expected to be completed in 2014.

The project will improve safety, reduce congestion and connect neighborhoods. It will add a new travel lane on I-670 and reduce weaving across traffic lanes to exits. Twenty-two new bridges will be built.

All ramps are now open on ODOT's I-71/I-670 Crossroads project, but work still remains. Lane and ramp restrictions are still expected as this phase of work is completed and the work-zone speed limits remain in place. Details of expected restrictions will be shared here as they are available. 

Click the thumbnail below for a rendering of the project after it is completed:



I-270 Southwest Reconstruction

Project Details: A major reconstruction project is underway on I-270 on the southwest side of Franklin County between US 62 and Roberts Road. ODOT will make improvements down to the sub-surface on every travel lane in both directions and construct wider shoulders on 11 bridges. The three-year project is expected to be complete by late 2014.

ODOT will maintain at least two lanes of traffic on 270 in both directions during construction. Entrance and exit ramps along the seven mile construction zone will also be accessible.

To allow crews to work on several lanes at a time, ODOT will shift traffic over to one side. There will be crossovers at the following locations to allow drivers to enter and exit 270: US 62, south of Georgesville Road, north of Georgesville Road, south of Broad Street and south of Roberts Road.

A crossover means that one direction of traffic will cross over, through the permanent median, to the other side of the road so that both directions of traffic are on the same side, which allows crews to work safely and more efficiently on that section of 270.

Between Broad Street and Roberts Road, ODOT will maintain three lanes in each direction. For southbound travellers, one of those lanes will be a different traffic pattern that we call a contra flow lane. A contra flow lane means that one lane of southbound traffic will be on the northbound side of the road with a portable barrier wall separating northbound and southbound traffic.

Please click the link below to go to the project web page:

I-270 Southwest Reconstruction Project Page

Pedestrian Work-Zone Safety Reminder

Pedestrian Work-Zone Safety Reminder

Projects like the High Street Resurfacing in downtown Columbus include sidewalk detours. Pedestrians, like motorists and bicyclists are required by law to follow the directions of road construction signs. Pedestrians should not pass sidewalk closure signs or walk in the street to avoid a sidewalk detour. (Paving the Way)

SR 750 Closure

Beginning at 5 am on March 17, SR 750 will be closed between SR 315 and Valley Run Drive as part of an ongoing project to construct turn lanes. This closure is west of SR 315; westbound traffic will still be able to turn north and south on SR 315.  The closure will be in place approximately 60 days, weather permitting.  The posted detours are SR 257 to US 42 to US 23 to SR 315 or Sawmill Parkway to I-270 to SR 315.  (ODOT)

Demorest Road Closure Grove City

Demorest Road in Grove City will be closed to through traffic between Southwest Boulevard and Big Run South Road for road and intersection improvement project beginning Monday, March 10. Local access will be maintained. A detour will be posted using Big Run South and Southwest Boulevard. The road is expected to reopen by May 6, weather permitting. (Grove City)

I-71 Restrictions for Widening Project

Beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, March 14,  I-71 south will be reduced to two lanes between SR 61 and US 36/SR 37 so crews can begin work on the northbound lanes of I-71.

Two lanes will be maintained in each direction on I-71 for the duration of freeway widening the project. This is to continue the I-71 Widening project in Delaware and Morrow counties. The widening is expected to be complete this Fall, weather permitting. (ODOT)


White Road Reconstruction, Grove City

White Road in Grove City will close to through traffic between Hoover and McDowell Roads beginning Monday, March 31. This project includes new pavement, curb, sidewalks and a water line. A detour will be posted using Stringtown Road. The project is expected to be complete by Fall 2014, weather permitting. (Franklin County/Jackson Township/Grove City)


I-70/Hilliard-Rome Road Construction

Construction will begin to reduce congestion at I-70 and Hilliard-Rome Road on the West Side of Franklin County.

The project will build two additional lanes on the ramp from I-70 west to Hilliard Rome Road north, which will improve safety by reducing weaving, or motorists “jockeying” for position with thru traffic. ODOT will also add a traffic signal at the end of the exit ramps from I-70 west to Hilliard-Rome Road. 

Along with the ramp work, an additional lane will be constructed in each direction on Hilliard Rome Road from I-70 to north of Renner Road at the Meijer driveway. The extra lane will reduce congestion and back-ups onto the ramps at I-70.

Weather permitting, the contractor will place concrete barrier wall along the exit ramps from I-70 west to Hilliard-Rome Road starting Monday (4/14) to give crews room to work on the ramps.  

Two lanes in each direction will be maintained on Hilliard-Rome Road. Additional lane closures will be permited during overnight and off-peak hours only.

These improvements, estimated to cost $4.8 million, are expected to be completed by Fall of this year. (ODOT)

Mid-Day Innerbelt Lane Restriction Wednesday

The ramp from I-70 east to I-71 north will be reduced to one lane on Wednesday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to unload new beams for the new Mound Street exit ramp, weather permitting. (ODOT)

Improvements to Joyce Avenue and E. 17th Avenue Begin Wednesday, April 16

Improvements will be made to Joyce Avenue between East  12th Avenue and immediately north of East 17th Avenue, and East 17th Avenue between Billiter Boulevard and Brentnell Avenue as part of the Joyce Avenue Phase 2 Roadway and Utility Improvement Project.   Improvements on Joyce Avenue will include a new sidewalk, a new water line, a new 8-foot wide shared use path, new street lighting, traffic signal upgrades, new storm sewers and widening and reconstruction of Joyce Avenue. Improvements on East 17thAvenue in the project area include new sidewalks, curbs, a new water line and a new storm sewer system.  Phase 2 of this project is scheduled for completion in November 2015, weather permitting.

In April, motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians should watch for equipment and crews at work as well as some flagging operations in the project area.

As the project progresses, expect short-term closures of Joyce Avenue and various other restrictions. E. 17th Avenue is expected to be reduced to eastbound traffic only between Brentnell and Joyce avenues this summer. Continued updates on project restrictions will be available on the web at  The project is scheduled to be complete by November 2015, weather permitting. (Columbus Department of Public Service/Columbus Public Utilities)  

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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)