Major Work Now Complete on Largest Central Ohio Construction Project

Improving for Today…Connecting to Tomorrow


DELAWARE, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will open the last on ramp of the Northeast Expressway Transformation (NExT) project in northern Franklin County today.  The ramp, on Sunbury Road just east of Executive Parkway, will open by rush hour this afternoon giving motorists an even safer and more direct route from Sunbury Road to I-270 northbound. 

 The ramp is the final major piece of the NExT project to be constructed.  The four year, $126 million project, Central Ohio’s largest to date, included the reconstruction of the SR 161 interchanges at Sunbury Road and I-270.  ODOT built 18 ramps, 17 bridges, 65 retaining walls, a 30’ tunnel, and 5 miles of roadway covering 300 acres of land as part of the project.

In addition to improving safety and reducing congestion along this corridor, SR 161 is a gateway to economic development in Northern Franklin County. More than 5,000 of the vehicles travelling through this corridor are trucks carrying vital goods and cargo to Central Ohio.  An average of $220 million in goods moves through the State Route 161/I-270 interchange each day.  This freight is now moving easier than ever before. 

 The original roadway was designed in the 1960’s to handle 58,000 vehicles a day.  Over 135,000 vehicles currently use the new roadway each day. 

 Motorists need to be aware of the change in the traffic pattern on Sunbury Road.  Traffic travelling on Sunbury Road will now access I-270 northbound from the north side of SR 161.

 Work remaining on the NExT project includes final paving and bridge painting.  Construction is expected to be complete by fall of this year.


For more information, contact the ODOT District 6 Communications Office –

Nancy Burton at 740-833-8063 or Brian Hedge at 740-833-8260

Serving the Central Ohio area comprised of Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union counties, ODOT District 6 is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and snow and ice removal on 1,530 bridges and more than 4, 3000 lane miles of state, U.S. and interstate highways.