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.


I-670 / I-270 Smart Lane

Construction has begun on the state's first SmartLane -- a seven mile stretch of Interstate 670 between downtown and the John Glenn International Airport. The project includes rebuilding the left shoulder on I-670 eastbound to better accommodate drivers in the SmartLane, resurfacing I-670 between I-71 and I-270, and reconfiguring the interchange at I-670, I-270 and US 62.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be converting the left-side shoulder into an additional travel lane during peak travel times, called a SmartLane. State-of-the-art digital overhead signs will be installed every three-quarters of a mile to let motorists know if the lane is open to traffic or closed by displaying either a red “X” or a green arrow. The SmartLane will generally be open Monday through Friday during the evening rush hour, about 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM.  The lane will only be opened during off-peak times if traffic conditions warrant a need for it.

During construction, drivers will experience ramp and lane closures, most of which will occur overnight and on weekends. 

Key Project Points

  • Initial work includes paving all lanes of I-670 both directions.
  • Initial work also includes placing 20,000 feet of concrete barrier on the far left lane of EB 670, separating the travel lane and shoulder. This allows the contractor to work on rebuilding the shoulder and making it a travel lane.
  • Most work that impacts traffic will be nights and weekends.
  • Crews will be working behind the barrier wall on EB 670 during the day.
  • Paving has completion date of mid-October this year, weather permitting.
  • The Smartlane and interchange improvements at 670 and 270 have a completion date of Fall 2019.

The $60 million project is expected to be complete by the end of 2019. The project will run over into 2020 as that is when the noise walls on 670 will be completed.

For more information, visit:


SR 315 Southbound Ramp from Olentangy River Road

The entrance ramp to SR 315 southbound from Olentangy River Road, near Riverside Hospital, is scheduled to close on August 16, 2018. This ramp will be closed into late summer 2019. 

The detour will be to use the ramp in front of Riverside Hospital off of North Broadway to SR 315 south. 

(City of Columbus)

New Albany Road W between Central College Road and Churchhill Downs Drive

New Albany Rd. between Central College Road and Churchhill Downs Drive will be closed starting on August 20th. The project includes the construction of an oblongabout (similar to a roundabout) with streetscaping and additional parking spots.

The road will likely remain closed until the end of June 2019. 

Scottwood Road Area Water Line Improvements

The Scottwood Road Area Water Line Improvements Project have begun. Residents should be aware of closures and lane shifts.

This is part of the Division of Water’s Replacement and Rehabilitation (R &R) Program.  The water line project area is located within the Eastmoor/Walnut Ridge Planning Area, north of Interstate 70 and south of Astor Avenue, between S. James Road and Courtright Road (see accompanying map). The goal of this project is to replace the existing 2-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch water lines that have a high break frequency. Replacement of these water lines will improve water service, decrease burden on water maintenance operations, and reduce water loss.

Work is currently being performed on the James Road portion through November, at which point the construction will shift to Scottwood Dr between James and Barnett.

The entire project is expected to be completed in August 2019, with various portions of it being completed at different times throughout the process. For more information on the project visit here:

(City of Columbus)

High Street between E 4th Avenue and W 4th Avenue

The southbound lanes of N High Street will be closed between E 4th Avenue and W 4th Avenue beginning March 26 for a gas project. However, southbound traffic will be maintained by shifting into the middle turn lane.

The lane closures are expected to last through April 26.

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.

Rich Street between McDowell and Belle

Rich Street between McDowell Street and Belle Street will be closed from January 16, 2019 through the spring.

The closure is part of a storm sewer project.

(City of Columbus)

E. Town Street Water Line Improvements

The E. Town Street Waterline Improvement have begun. Residents and businesses can expect to see various lane closures and lane shifts until the completion of the project in late August 2019.

The project is taking place on E. Town Street from east of Grant Avenue to 3rd Street.

Additionally, a portion of 6th Street between Town Street and State Street will see work – becoming one-way southbound with lane restrictions between mid-June and July.


3rd Avenue Widening near Railroad between Edgehill Road and Columbus Fire Station #25

Eastbound 3rd Avenue is detoured at Northwest Boulevard, except for local business traffic. This detour is expected to be in place for the rest of the year.

This is for a widening, reconstruction and pedestrian path project -- part of which includes the railroad bridge.

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

All bridge work is expected to finish in February 2019. Road and sidewalk work will start once the bridgework is complete.

Please drive with extra caution through this and all road-construction work-zones. More information on this project is available at:

(City of Columbus)

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.


Cannon Drive Relocation / State Route 315 Closures

State Route 315 Ramp Closures

The entrance ramp to southbound State Route 315 at Cannon Drive and 12th Avenue is now open. 12th Avenue has reopened to Cannon Drive. Cannon Drive, between 12th Avenue and Medical Center Drive, has also reopened. Lane closures along Cannon Drive will occur, however traffic will be maintained in both directions.


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

(Ohio State)

Scioto Darby Road and Leppert Road Reconstruction

Work is taking place for the reconstruction of Scioto Darby Road and Leppert Road.

The project will provide substantial improvements to Scioto Darby Road, which will include constructing two roundabouts, new curbs and multi-use paths, as well as lighting and landscaping, this summer and next. 

The project is taking place in phases and includes a closure of Leppert Road at Scioto Darby to the north at the Heritage Trail crossing until the end of August 2018. One lane of travel in both directions along Scioto Darby Rd is being maintained through the project.

The completion date of the project is October 2019, weather permitting. More information can be found here

(City of Hilliard)

Arcadia Avenue Area Water Line Improvements

The Arcadia Avenue Area Water Line Improvements project began in June. Arcadia is now open to two-way traffic.

The project also includes work on the following streets: Arcadia, Northwood, Patterson, Maynard, East, Blake, Duncan, Calumet, Adams, Medary, Mood, Northridge, Blemhien, Dorko, Weibel and Oakland Park (from I-71 to Cleveland). Please be aware of various lane restrictions and closures throughout the project, which is scheduled to last approximately 15 months (August/September 2019).

(City of Columbus)

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 in October 2019. Additional information is located here:

(City of Columbus)


Watkins Road at US-33

To keep the motoring public safe, Watkins Road over US-33 will remain closed indefinitely because of a damaged beam (following an accident) that cannot support the full weight of traffic. It will likely be months before the beam is replaced and the road reopens. 


Hyland-Croy Road and Park Mill Drive

Construction work at the intersection of Hyland-Croy Road and Park Mill Drive is beginning on Monday April 22 to install a northbound left turn lane and new traffic signal in association with the Jerome Grand at Jacquemin Farms development.  Two way/two lane operation of Hyland-Croy Road will be maintained for the majority of the project duration, but two way/one lane operation with flaggers will be utilized intermittently during off peak traffic hours. The project is anticipated to last approximately 2 months, weather pending.  

(Union County Engineer's Office)

Shannon Road between Gender Road and Brice Road

Shannon Road between Gender Road and Brice Road is closed for bridge work beginining April 15. 

The posted detour route for eastbound motorists will follow Brice Road north to Refugee Road, east to Gender Road, south to Shannon Road. Westbound motorists will follow the detour in the opposite direction.

The project is expected to be completed in three weeks.

(Franklin County Engineer)

Mountview Road between McCoy and Nayland Roads

Mountview Road between McCoy and Nayland Road will be closed from April 22 through until April 26. 

(City of Columbus)

Silver Drive between Hudson Street and Weber Road

Northbound Silver Drive will be closed between Hudson Street and Weber Road for waterline work beginning April 24.

The detour is to use Indianola Avenue and McGuffey Road to Weber Road back to Silver Drive.

The project is expected to be complete in three months.

(City of Columbus)

US-33 and Fishinger Road

ODOT began a project to construct a second left-turn lane from US 33 north to westbound Fishinger Road and a dedicated right-turn lane from US 33 south to westbound Fishinger in March. The project will also upgrade pavement and drainage and install a new traffic signal at the intersection. 

US 33 and Fishinger Road are reduced to one through lane in each direction at the intersection. Left turn lanes are still available. This traffic pattern will be in place through June.

The project is expected to be complete with all lanes open by the end of September, weather permitting. 


East Fifth Ave between High Street and Fifth Street

Westbound E. Fifth Avenue will have a 24-hour lane curb closure between High Street and Fifth Street from April 17 through May 1. This is part of a resurfacing project.

(City of Columbus)

Kenny Road between King Avenue and Fifth Avenue

Northbound Kenny Road will be closed between King Ave and Fifth Avenue on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April 17 through May 1. This is part of a resurfacing project.

Residents are encouraged to use Northwest Boulevard and Hess Street as alternate northbound routes.

(City of Columbus)

East Dublin Granville Road and Old Hamilton Road

Starting April 22, East Dublin Granville Road will be closed for eastbound traffic at Ulry Road and Old Hamilton Road will be southbound only. There will be access to the local businesses located in the shopping center where LA Fitness is located, but eastbound traffic will not be able to access the shopping center.

E. Dublin Granville Road will be closed for eastbound traffic at Ulry Road. Traffic will be maintained westbound on E. Dublin Granville Rd (from just east of Old Hamilton Rd to the driveway for Average Joes). Old Hamilton Road will be southbound only. 

Traffic from the west will be able to access the driveway for Average Joes and the miscellaneous apartment/ condo complexes on the south side of E. Dublin Granville just east of Ulry, but that is all the further they will be able to go. If they need to get to E. Dublin Granville Rd east of Old Hamilton Road they will need to either stay on 161E to the Hamilton Road exit or they will need to take Ulry north to Warner then cut across to Hamilton and come back south from there.

The work is expected to be completed by July 1.

(City of Columbus)

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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)