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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 speed limit is reduced to 55 mph on I-270 between US 23 and SR 315 as major construction to build new ramps and bridges is ongoing. Motorists should be aware of new ramp configurations:

  • Drivers coming from US 23 south to I-270 west will be on the ramp for a mile and pass over SR 315 before using the temporary ramp to merge onto I-270 west.
  • I-270 west traffic exiting at SR 315 will exit sooner – merge into the right lane for SR 315 north, stay in left lane on the ramp for SR 315 south.
  • Finally, traffic coming from SR 315 north to I-270 should stay in the left lane on the ramp. Drivers will go a mile on the ramp and travel under US 23 before merging onto I-270 east.

Completion: June 2017

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. 

Watch for crews and equipment and expect brief lane closures as final project work is performed in 2017. 

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. 

Columbus St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 2017 Columbus Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be held Friday, March 17. Watch for rolling road closures along the routes listed below and plan for delays downtown between about 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  

The parade has two phases. Phase 1 is a short procession on E. Naghten Street to St. Patrick Church starting at about 9:30 a.m. Phase 2 is the parade through downtown on N. Grant Avenue, E. Broad Street and N. High Street, starting at about 11:30 a.m.  Motorists are reminded to be especially alert for pedestrian and bicycle traffic near the parade routes.

Parade Routes:
Phase 1 staging: Stages at E. Naghten St. and N. Fifth Street at 9 a.m. and kicks off at about 9:30 a.m.

Phase 1 Route:

  • East on E. Naghten Street to St. Patrick Church at Grant Avenue, disbanding at about 10 a.m.

Phase 2: Staging: Stages on E. Naghten Street  between N. Fifth Street and N. Grant Avenue and on N. Grant Avenue between E. Naghten Street and E. Spring Street and begins at about 11:30 a.m.

Phase 2 Route:

  • South on N. Grant St. to E. Broad Street
  • West on E. Broad St. to High Street
  • North on N. High St. to disband north of Nationwide Boulevard at the Convention Center.

Participants and spectators are encouraged to carpool or use COTA.

Route Map



I-270 Rush Hour Lane Restrictions Update

All lanes have opened on I-270 North and South between I-670 and Easton Way. Lanes were closed earlier today, Wednesday, March 22, due to a crash.


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.


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

​The 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)

Hague Avenue Project Reaches Milestone

The Columbus Hague Avenue Improvements Project is expected to reach a milestone tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 8. Weather permitting, crews will switch traffic to the newly-constructed west half of the roadway and will begin work on the east half of the road. After the switch is complete, probably by Friday, Dec.  9, on-street parking will again be available on the west side of  S. Hague Avenue.  S. Hague Avenue will continue to be limited to southbound-only traffic between W. Broad Street and Sullivant Avenue until crews complete the project in mid-2017, weather permitting. For more information about the  project, visit  (City of Columbus)

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Crews from the Columbus Department of Public Service, ODOT, Franklin County Engineer’s and many other Central Ohio municipalities and townships are out working hard to make streets as safe as possible after today's all-day snow.

Driving tips:

  • Drive with extra care and leave additional distance between you and the vehicle in front of you
  • Maintain a distance of no less than 100 feet behind a snow plow truck
  • Avoid passing snow plow trucks because the drivers cannot always see a smaller car about to pass
  • Remember, bicyclists and pedestrians are out, even in snowy weather, share the road safely.
  • When possible, park vehicles in driveways or parking lots and off streets to give plow trucks room to plow

See a video at for more winter weather tips.


Night and Overnight Lane Restriction Southbound I-71 at Grove City

Southbound I-71 between Stringtown Road and SR 665 will be reduced to one lane weeknights, from 8 p.m. nightly to 6 a.m. each following morning, for the installation of median cable barriers, weather permitting. Starts: Jan. 2. Completion: Feb. 25. (ODOT)

COTA Transit System Re-Design

Significant changes, including the renumbering and adjustment of many routes will be made by COTA on  May 1, 2017, as part of the Transit System Redesign.  The goal of the redesign is to make central Ohio’s bus system easier to use, more frequent, and more direct. For details, including links for route details and a contact form, visit (COTA)

SR 315 Closure near SR 750 (Powell Road) for Stabilization Wall Construction Begins Monday, Jan. 23

SR 315 Closure near SR 750 (Powell Road) for Stabilization Wall Construction Begins Monday, Jan. 23

Be alert for closures of SR 315 (Olentangy River Road) for construction of stabilization walls beginning Monday, Jan. 23, as follows, weather permitting:

MONDAY, JAN. 23, 5 A.M.:

  • SR 315 will be closed to through traffic south of SR 750, between Jewett Road and SR 750, for three weeks, weather permitting, for tree clearing and utility relocation.
  • Detour:
    • SR 750 east to US 23 (Columbus Pike), south to I-270 and back west to SR 315, or the reverse.
  • Watch for crews at work around-the-clock. Chippers, chainsaws, generators and lights will be used for this work.  
  • Expected completion: Tuesday, February 14.

MONDAY, JAN. 30, 5 A.M.:

  • SR 315 north of SR 750, between SR 750 and Retreat Lane, will be closed to through traffic for 3 ½ months for construction of the stabilization walls.
  • Detour:
    • SR 750, east to US 23, north to SR 315 or the reverse.
  • Wall construction will occur during daytime hours only.
  • Expected completion: Monday, May 8, weather permitting.

SR 750 itself will remain open to traffic during this work. The project will stabilize the slope that supports SR 315 in the area.

For more information see:


Smothers Road to Close for Bridge Replacement

Smothers Road is scheduled to close over the Hoover Reservoir (East of Sunbury Road) beginning Monday, Feb. 13 for bridge replacement.

The posted detour:

  • Schott Road south to Walnut Street, west to Cubbage Road, south to Central College Road, west to Sunbury Road, and north to Smothers Road.
  • Or the reverse

Crews expect the bridge to reopen by July, weather permitting.

(Franklin County Engineer)


















For more details see:


I-270 South Closure, Northwest Side

Southbound I-270 is closed between Cemetery Road and Tuttle Crossing Blvd because of a multiple-vehicle crash, this evening, Wednesday, March 22.  Lane closures could last well into the evening. (ODOT)

I-270 South Closure, West Side

Southbound I-270 is closed between W. Broad and I-70 due to a multi-vehicle crash this afternoon, Thursday, March 23. Traffic on I-270 South is being forced to exit to I-70.

The ramps from I-70 East and West to I-270 South are also closed. This closure is expected to remain in place through this evening’s rush hour. (ODOT)

Watch for Volunteers Cleaning Up Litter on Area Freeway Ramps

Be alert for volunteers picking up litter on and near various freeway ramps in Columbus on Saturday, March 24, from about 9:30 a.m. through 2 p.m.

Volunteer crews will be at Columbus ramps including the following areas:

  • I-71 between SR 161 and Greenlawn Avenue
  • I-70 between Wilson Road and Hamilton Road
  • SR 315 between Bethel Road and W. Town Street
  • I-670 between W. Goodale Street and Johnstown Road
  • SR 104 between S. High Street and Winchester Pike
  • I-270 at  Roberts Road and N. Hamilton Road

Please drive carefully near these volunteers. Remember: Do not litter; cigarette butts are litter too.

(Keep Columbus Beautiful)

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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)