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.

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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. 

Three lanes are now open. 

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)

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.


North Side Mega Fix: Big Changes Start November 14

Big Changes Start the Week of Nov. 14 on the Project

Beginning next week, there will be big changes for drivers on the north side who use the ramps at Interstate 270, US Route 23 and State Route 315.  The biggest change impacts southbound 23 traffic trying to get to either State Route 315 or I-270 west. By the Tuesday morning commute, drivers will be pushed over to the far right on the new ramp for about a mile. Motorists will go up and over SR 315 and use the temporary ramp which merges with the ramp from southbound 315 to I-270 west. This is a quick merge. Reading the signs for correct lane assignments is key. The traffic pattern change for drivers on westbound 270 trying to get to SR 315 will also be significant. Those drivers will have to merge sooner and get in the correct lane to exit to SR 315 or else they are stuck on I-270 and until the next exit at Sawmill Rd. A graphic illustration (below) will help drivers visualize the traffic pattern changes.

These traffic pattern changes will be in effect until next year which will allow the contractor to complete construction on several new ramps and bridges. (ODOT) 


N. Hamilton Road Detoured South of E. Dublin-Granville Road

N. Hamilton Road will be detoured at the new Hamilton Road extension, south of E. Dublin Granville Road, beginning Thursday morning, December 1 for approximately 10 days, weather permitting. Through traffic will be maintained via the newly constructed Hamilton Road extension.  Access to local businesses and residences will be maintained.

After this work, the new Hamilton Road extension will be open to traffic, providing improved access to E. Dublin Granville Road and SR 161. Watch for crews at work on the project in December and in the spring when they return to place the final course of pavement. For more information on this phase of the Hamilton Road improvements, see

Hamilton Road Detour

A larger diagram of the detour is available at



Watch for Pedestrians and Street Closures for Weekend Holiday Events

Columbus Grand Illumination Friday

The Columbus Grand Illumination will be held at Bicentennial Park in Downtown Columbus on Friday, December 2, beginning at 5 p.m.   No roads are scheduled to be closed for the event, but motorists are encouraged to be alert for pedestrian traffic, especially on and near South Civic Center Drive and 2nd Street between West Rich Street and West Main Street from 4 p.m. through 7 p.m. For more information about the event, see:

Jingle Bell Walk and Run Saturday

The Jingle Bell Walk and Run is planned for Saturday, December 3, in Downtown Columbus.

Washington Blvd. will be closed to through traffic between W. Broad St. and W. Town St. for the event between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday.

Expect rolling closures along the route below between 10 a.m. and about 11:45 a.m.

  • Starts on Washington Blvd at Genoa Park
  • South on Washington Blvd.
  • East on the Rich/Town Bridge
  • Continues east on Rich St.
  • North on Front St.
  • West on Spring St.
  • North on West St.
  • South on John H McConnell Blvd .
  • West on Spring St.
  • South on Hanover St.
  • East on Long St.
  • South on Marconi Blvd.
  • South on Civic Center Dr.
  • West  on the Rich/Town Bridge
  • North on Washington Blvd back to Genoa Park

For more information on the event, see:

Motorists should watch for extra pedestrian traffic associated with these downtown events and participants are encouraged to carpool or use COTA.

Grove City Christmas Celebration Saturday

Various closures are planned for the Grove City Mistletoe Market and Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 3. See below for details and other restrictions for the event. Motorists are encouraged to be alert for pedestrians in the Grove City Town Center area this weekend.

Park Street will be closed at Broadway (U.S. 62) from Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Expect rolling closures along the route of the Christmas Parade beginning at 6:45 p.m. The parade route should be clear by about 8:15 p.m.

Parade route:

  • North on Wilbur Avenue from Park Street to Columbus Street
  • West on Columbus Street from Wilbur Avenue to Broadway
  • South on Broadway  (US 62) from Columbus Street to Park Street
  • East on Park Street from Broadway to the Park Street Intermediate School, west of Haughn Road

For more information, see:


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

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:

(Columbus Public Service)

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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)