Paving the Way is a partnership of the City of Columbus, ODOT, MORPC and the FHWA to provide information about ongoing road construction information in order to alleviate traffic congestion for commuters in and around Columbus. The website includes projects that governments and contractors have provided to the program. Please bare in mind that Paving the Way does not contain all projects, nor does it always have specific project details.

Largest Projects

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

Update: There are currently no traffic impacts on this project. 

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 Spring 2018, 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)

Indianola Avenue Bridge over the Glen Echo Ravine Rehabilitation

The Indianola Avenue (US Route 23) bridge over the Glen Echo Ravine closed 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 November 11, 2017, weather permitting.

For more information on the project see the project flier at (ODOT)


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

(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. 
    • 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:



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: 

  • SR 315 SB will be shifted closer to the median north of  I-670. Both lanes will be maintained.

  • Work to widen the SR 315 SB ramp to Olentangy River Rd. will begin. The ramp will remain one lane at the traffic signal. 

This traffic pattern will remain in place until November.

Ongoing work: 

  • Goodale Blvd. is reduced to one lane eastbound at the Olentangy River Rd. intersection.

  • Olentangy River Road is reduced to two lanes SB and one lane NB between Goodale Blvd. and the ramps at SR 315 south. 

  • The sidwewalk along the south side of Goodale Blvd. will be closed and pedestrian traffic will be detoured to the north side of the road.

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 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.

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.

More information on the project can be found here.


Cannon Drive Relocation / State Route 315 Closures

Cannon Drive is closed for construction between Medical Center Drive and 12th Avenue. Access to Medical Center Drive and 12th, as well as State Route 315, will be maintained. Intermittent closures of the Route 315 off-ramp may occur during the fall of 2017 during off-peak periods, with major closures anticipated for spring / summer 2018.

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

(Ohio State)

Reed Road between Henderson and Lane Roads

Reed Road between Henderson Road and Lane Road will have restrictions in place for a road reconstruction project that began September 18. Two-way traffic will be maintained in both directions for the time being.

The project is expected to be completed in late November.

(Upper Arlington)

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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)