Work on the Split continues

Get Ready for the Next Phase of Construction on I-70/71

FRANKLIN COUNTY – After meeting face to face with the contractor, construction on the next phase of improvements for the downtown Interstate 70/71 corridor in Columbus began the week of July 17, weather permitting.

The first project—called 2G on the latest phasing chart— will construct a new wider and longer bridge at Grant Avenue; improve Mound Street and Fulton Avenue.

The improvements to Mound St. will be occur between 4th Street and High Street and include granite curbs, brick crosswalks, decorative signals, lighting and landscaping.

Fulton Street will be one-way eastbound from 4th to Washington.

The contract was awarded to the Kokosing Construction Company.

Construction Start: Summer 2017

Completion: Fall/Winter 2018

Cost: $41 Million

Funding Partners: ODOT & City of Columbus

Fulton Street Details: Construction began in July. Fulton Street will close for up to six months between 4th and 5th Street.

Detour: Westbound Fulton traffic use 5th to Mound to 3rd.

Eastbound Fulton traffic use 4th to Main St. to 5th St.

– One lane of Fulton, for eastbound traffic only, will be open from 5th St. to Grant.

– Fulton will have both lanes open from Grant Avenue to just west of the parking lot for the Columbus City Schools Food Distribution Center.

– Once completed, Fulton will be widened and converted to one-way for eastbound traffic only from 4th to Grant Avenue. From Grant Ave. to Engler, Fulton will be two lanes for both directions of traffic.

The contractor will also be working on drainage this summer near Grant Avenue on Interstate 70 west. The same number of travel lanes—while shifted—will be maintained to install the drainage and start building retaining walls for the new bridge at Grant. Closures and restrictions on Interstate 70 are only permitted at night and on weekends when traffic volumes are lighter.

MID-AUGUST: The pedestrian bridge off Livingston Avenue will be torn down. The detour for pedestrians will be Grant Avenue. Once the Grant Avenue Bridge closes in January, pedestrians will use the Fourth St. Bridge.

Pedestrian Bridge

Mound Street Details: Sometime in mid-August, the exact date TBD, Mound Street will become one-way, permanently, between 4th and Front.



Scottslawn Road over US 33

7 PM: Scottslawn Road will be closed over US 33 to move portable barrier wall and re-stripe the work zone.

Detour for traffic heading north on Scottslawn (towards Watkins Road) is US 33 east to US 42 north to US 33 west to Scottslawn Road.

Detour for traffic heading south on Scottslawn (towards Industrial Parkway) is US 33 west to US 36 west to US 33 east to Scottslawn Road.

6 AM: All lanes open. One lane in each direction. NO MORE TRAFFIC SIGNAL.


US 33 at Scottslawn Road

10 PM: US 33 will close in both directions under Scottslawn Rd. for bridge demolition. Traffic will exit at Scottslawn Rd, then go straight to re-enter US 33. Since Scottslawn Rd. remains open, law enforcement officers will assist with traffic control at each ramp. Graphic below shows how traffic will be maintained.

5 AM: All lanes of US 33 will be open.



US 36

Bridge Work on US 36 between North Galena Road & Wilson Road

7 PM: US 36 will reduce to one lane of two-way traffic.

Traffic will be maintained by flagging crew

5 AM: All lanes open


State Route 315 Paving Starts Sunday Night

Northern Franklin and Delaware Counties

SR 315

State Route 315 between Clubview Blvd in Franklin Co. & US 23 in Delaware Co.

Starting August 20, weather permitting, ODOT will begin a project to resurface SR 315 from Clubview Blvd. in Franklin County to Jewett Road in Delaware County and from SR 750 to US 23.

The paving work will occur between 7 PM and 5 AM.

One lane of SR 315 will be open at all times. Traffic will be maintained with flaggers.

The contractor will start in Franklin County and work north towards Delaware.

Earlier this year, ODOT replaced 16 culverts on SR 315 so the road would be ready to pave and we could minimize additional impacts to traffic.

Completion: October 30, weather permitting.

70 Franklin

Overhead Sign Installation on I-70 WB between Alum Creek Drive & Miller-Kelton

8 PM: I-70 WB will reduce to two lanes

5 AM: All lanes open

US 62

Pavement Resurfacing on SR 62 between Clover Valley Road & Central Collage Road

7 PM: will reduce to one lane of two-way traffic

Traffic will be maintained by flagging crew

5 AM: All lanes open



Drainage Work on I-270 SB between Easton Way & McCutcheon Road

9 AM: I-270 SB will reduce to two lanes

9 AM: I-270 SB ramp lanes to the right of the barrier will reduce to two lanes

3 PM: All lanes open


270 N Franklin


I-270 South between Easton Way and I-670

9 AM: I-270 south will be reduced to two lanes. The ramp lanes of I-270 south will also be reduced to two lanes.

3 PM: All lanes open

Olentangy River Rd. and Goodale Blvd. in Franklin County


Goodale Blvd/Olentangy River Rd. Intersection

9 AM: The contractor will switch from the current traffic signals to temporary traffic signals at the intersection

A law enforcement officer will be on site to direct traffic while the signal is dark

The will be no additional changes to any lane configurations


Goodale Blvd. at Olentangy River Rd.

9 AM: Goodale Blvd. will be reduced to one lane eastbound at the Olentangy River Rd. intersection

Eastbound drivers will have one lane to go straight on Goodale or turn left onto Olentangy River Rd.

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.

Completion: September 14.


Twin Rivers Drive remains closed south of Goodale until September 14, weather permitting. The detour is US 33 (Dublin Rd.) to Twin Rivers Dr.

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

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