Paving the Way is a partnership of MORPC, the City of Columbus, ODOT, and FHWA to provide information about ongoing road construction information in order to alleviate traffic congestion for commuters in and around Columbus. The website includes planned projects that governments and contractors have provided to the program.

Please bear in mind that Paving the Way does not contain all projects, nor does it always have specific project details. Paving The Way tries to be helpful, but should not be relied upon for emergency and weather-related closures. To report potholes, please contact the appropriate jurisdiction.


Largest Projects

US 33 Widening on Southest Side

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) project to widen US 33 in both directions between I-270 and SR 317/Hamilton Road started Monday, May 14, 2018.  Once complete, there will be three travel lanes for both east and westbound travel on US 33. The project will also widen the bridges over Big Walnut Creek. Work will occur in the existing right-of-way and does not require additional land. All lanes on US 33 will be resurfaced. 

The purpose of this project is to improve travel and safety on US 33 between these two interchanges and decrease congestion. Just over 73,000 vehicles use US 33 between Hamilton Road and I-270 each day. More information is on ODOT's website.

Traffic will be maintained during construction using temporary pavement. Nighttime and weekend lane and ramp closures are permitted with posted detours. To receive notifications of traffic impacts, go to and enter your email address. 

The $14 million project is expected to be complete Fall of 2019.


SR 315, Olentangy River Road, and N Broadway

There are very closures in the Riverside Hospital area as a result of a development project. Drivers should expect various delays, with much of the work being done in the evening and overnight. 

The 315 southbound exit ramp to North Broadway is now open.

The entrance ramp to 315 southbound from Olentangy River Road is expected to opening around Thanksgiving 2019, whether dependent.

The overall project completion is July 2020. The focus during the winter through summer of 2020 will be in front of the hospital on N Broadway and the entrance/exit ramps. 

(City of Columbus)

US-36 Between US-42 (Lake Street) and SR-37

U.S. Route 36 is restricted in both directions between U.S. Route 42 (Lake Street) and State Route 37 intersection for road construction, with traffic reduced to one lane from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Traffic is being maintained with flaggers. 

The project is expected to be completed in fall 2019.

(City of Delaware)

SR-37 Between Sandusky Street and Troy Road

State Route 37 is restricted in both directions between Sandusky Street and Troy Road for pavement repairs, with traffic reduced to one lane from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Traffic is being maintained through flaggers. 

The work is expected to be completed fall 2019.

(City of Delaware)

I-70 Reconstruction West of Franklin County

The ODOT project to rebuild the existing pavement on I-70 from US 42 to the Franklin County line that began in October 2018 is resuming.

Starting Monday, March 18 at 9 a.m., I-70 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction around the clock so crews can install temporary pavement and build median crossovers.

Once the crossovers are complete, the plan is for I-70 eastbound traffic to cross thru the median onto the westbound side. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction, but starting mid-April, both directions of I-70 will be on the westbound side of the road. This traffic pattern is expected to be in place until November, while crews work to rebuild the eastbound lanes of I-70.  

Since lanes are reduced, drivers should expect some delays in the seven-mile work zone, especially during peak travel times. 

Next year, traffic will use the eastbound lanes while crews reconstruct the westbound side. The $50 million project is expected to be complete in October 2020, weather permitting.


Nelson Road Between Airport Drive and 5th Avenue

Nelson Rd will be closed to through traffic from Airport Drive to E. Fifth Avenue starting October 9, 2018 for railroad track removal and possible water line lowering.

The project is expected to take 30 days.

Barnett Road south of Livingston

Construction is taking place on Barnett Road south of Livingston Avenue. This will be a full closure for roughly two months (completion the beginning of October).

Barnett north of Livingston is open.

(City of Columbus)

Olentangy River Road Water Line Replacement

The Olentangy River Road Water Line Replacement Project is currently underway. This project is taking place between Lane and Old Ackerman Road along the OSU campus. Work will take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., with some night work in the intersections. At least one lane will remain open at all times. 

More information on the project is available here:

Work is expected to be completed in May 2020, weather dependent. 

(City of Columbus)

Mound Street / Columbian Avenue Waterline Project

Various lane restrictions will occur on Mound Street and Columbian Ave during construction from November 2019 to May 2020.  

Traffic will be maintained in both directions on Mound Street during construction. 

Columbian Ave will have daily closures, but it will be open for local traffic.  Most Columbian Ave work is scheduled for 2020.

(City of Columbus)

Columbus Crossroads - Third Street Ramp to I-70 East

Starting Monday, November 25, the Third Street ramp to Interstate 70 east in downtown Columbus will close permanently as part of ODOT's project to improve I-70/71.

The ramp must close to make way for a new exit ramp from I-70 east to Parsons Ave, which is expected to open next month. The Parsons Ave. ramp will replace the 18th St. exit ramp, which will also close permanently in December. 

When the project is complete in 2021, another new ramp from Fulton St. will restore access to I-70 east. In the meantime, downtown drivers headed east will have to use alternate routes. 

From German Village:

  • East on Livingston Ave. to Kelton Ave. OR to Alum Creek Dr. to I-70 east

From the Brewery District:

  • South on High St. to west on Greenlawn Ave. to I-71 north to I-70 east

From Olde Towne East:

  • East on Main St. to Miller Ave. OR to Alum Creek Dr. to I-70 east

From the Arena District:

  • West on Spring St./Dublin Rd. to SR 315 south to I-70 east
  • West on Spring St. to Neil Ave. to I-670 east (to I-71 south to I-70 east)

To see a rendering of the project once all phases are complete, click here:


I-71 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. The entrance ramp from Greenlawn Avenue to I-71 northbound will close temporarily for 15 days sometime in July 2018. 

More information on the project can be found here.


Cleveland Avenue - Creative Campus Phase 2

Construction work for the Creative Campus Phase 2 project on Cleveland Avenue is taking place. The work area is between East Long Street and I-670. Work includes: new underground utilities, including telecommunication duct and manholes; water line work; storm sewer work; new sidewalks; planters; street lighting; and traffic signals. New asphalt pavement will also be installed between East Long Street and to a point approximately 400’ north of Mt Vernon Avenue.

Various intermittent restrictions and closures are taking place. Construction activities are schedule to continue through October 2019.

Cleveland Avenue between Naghten and East Long Street will be one-way southbound traffic. Traffic in both directions with two lanes will be maintained north of Naghten to I-670.

The detour for northbound Cleveland Avenue traffic will from Broad Street or East Long Street, north on Grant Avenue, and east on Naghten Street to Cleveland Avenue.

Project highlights include:

  • Building sidewalks, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps and curb extensions
  • Resurfacing the roadway
  • Adding brick crosswalks
  • Improving storm sewers and water lines
  • Planting street trees and landscaping
  • Upgrading street lighting, traffic signals, crosswalk signals and signage

The project is expected to be completed near the end of November 2019. Additional information is located here:

(City of Columbus)


Lazelle Road Improvements

Lazelle Road Traffic Updates:

Lazelle Phase A (US 23 – Olencrest Dr): Traffic is shifted to the south on Lazelle Rd with eastbound traffic driving on the newly constructed temporary pavement. Traffic will be maintained in both directions at all times and all drives on the north and south side of the road will still be accessible during construction. There is no detour at this time.

Lazelle Phase B (Olencrest Dr – Sancus Blvd): Traffic is shifted to the south on Lazelle Rd with eastbound traffic driving on the newly constructed temporary pavement. Traffic will be maintained in both directions at all times and all drives on the north and south side of the road will still be accessible during construction. There is no detour at this time.

Lazelle Phase C (Sancus Blvd – Worthington-Galena Rd): Eastbound traffic will be moved south onto the temporary pavement beginning Monday 5/6 and westbound traffic will be closed until the end of the year. Traffic will be maintained 1-way eastbound ONLY. All roads and driveways will still be open on both sides of the roadway. The detour is to use Worthing-Galena Road south to Park Road west to Sancus Blvd north.

With Lazelle Rd being an active construction site you can expect the general flow of traffic to be slower than normal. 

(City of Columbus)

Convention Center Driver near High Street

Convention Center Drive is closed at High Street for the Hilton 2.0 project.

Access is maintained to the hotel and parking garages from Vine St/Kilbourne St on the west side.

The east side is open from Goodale St to the 670 ramps and Convention Center loading docks.

The new hotel is 28 stories and built overtop of the roadway on Convention Center Drive. This project is expected to last 2.5-3 years (roughly 2022).

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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)