For Immediate Release
August 19, 2011

UPCOMING WORK
In Franklin County
The following work is planned in the Franklin County area on the specified dates and times. All work is weather dependent; it may be postponed or cancelled without prior notice.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19
Interstate 70 (Downtown) – (NEW) The ramp from I-70 west to I-71 south will be closed from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. for bridge work. The detour for I-70 westbound traffic is I-71 north to I-670 to SR 315. Traffic missing this message board will end up on SR 315 north. The detour for SR 315 northbound traffic is US 33 west to SR 315. 

Interstate 70 (Downtown) – (NEW) I-70 east will be reduced to two lanes at I-71 and the CSX railroad underpass from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge work.

US 33 Bridge at I-270 (Northwest Side) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will resume construction tonight on the US 33 Bridge over I-270 in Dublin which means two ramps will close for the weekend.

From 8 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday August 22, the following ramps will be closed: 
       
I-270 south to US 33 east 
        I-270 north to US 33 west

The detour for I-270 south is to continue to Tuttle Crossing to 270 north to US 33 east, and for I-270 north, exit at Sawmill, to 270 south to US 33 west. The US 33 bridge will be open all weekend, but reduced to one lane in each direction. All lanes and ramps at the I-270/US 33 Interchange will be open by the Monday morning commute. ODOT is constructing a concrete deck overlay on the bridge, and all work is expected to be complete, weather permitting, at the end of this month.

Fourth Street (Downtown) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will close the Fourth Street bridge for 24-hours to pour the new bridge deck. The bridge will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday, which means the ramp from Fourth Street to I-670 west will only be accessible north of the bridge. The detour is Nationwide Boulevard to High Street or Goodale Street. Motorists can still access I-670 east from Fourth Street.

Interstate 270 (East Side) – I-270 north is reduced to two lanes between SR 317 and Broad Street from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for bridge work.  

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20
Interstate 70 (Downtown) - (NEW) I-70 east will be reduced to to two lanes between SR 315 and Short Street from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge work.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21
Interstate 70 (West side) – (NEW) I-70 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction between Wilson Road and Hilliard-Rome Road from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. for pavement testing.

MONDAY, AUGUST 22
Third Street (Downtown) – (ADDITIONAL DETOURS ADDED) At 9 a.m., The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will close the Third Street bridge over Convention Center Drive for bridge work. The ramp from I-670 east to Third Street will also be closed. The Third Street detour is 1st, 2nd or 5th Avenue to High Street to Chestnut Street. There are three possible detours from I-670 east. The first is the Fourth Street exit to Goodale Street to High Street to Chestnut Street to Third Street. The second is the Cleveland Avenue exit to Spring Street to Third Street. The last is the Broad Street exit to Third Street.

There will be NO LEFT TURN restrictions at High Street and Broad Street.

To access Broad Street between High Street and Cleveland Avenue, take I-670 east to the Cleveland Avenue exit to Broad Street. To access Broad Street between Cleveland Avenue and I-71, take I-670 east to the Broad Street exit. Completion date: November 1.

ONGOING WORK
US Route 33 (Northwest Side) – US 33 is reduced to one lane in each direction at Lane Avenue for utility work. Completion date: August 31.

State Route 605 (Northeast Side) – SR 605 is closed in both directions between Walnut Street and Fancher Road for culvert replacement. Detour: SR 605 to US 62 to SR 37 to SR 604. Completion date: August 31.

Dempsey Road (Northeast Side) – Dempsey Road is closed between SR 3 and Arnett to allow ODOT to begin work on realigning the intersection of Dempsey Road and Emrick Road at SR 3. There are at least two detours for motorists. One is SR 3 to Huber Village Drive to South Hempstead Road to Dempsey Road or reverse. Another detour route is SR 3 to SR 161 to Sunbury Road to Dempsey Road or reverse. ODOT will also begin work to rebuild New Emrick Road. Completion date: August 31.

State Route 317 (Southeast Side) – SR 317 is reduced to one lane in each direction between Groves Rd. and Eastpoint Dr. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for surveying. Completion date: September 10.

Interstate 70 (Downtown) –The ramp from SR 315 south to I-70 east is closed for bridge work. The detour is SR 315 south to I-670 east to I-71 south to I-70 east. Drivers can also take SR 315 south to Greenlawn Avenue to SR 315 north to I-70 east. Completion date: September 2011.

Fourth Street (Downtown) – There will be a barrier wall down the middle of Fourth Street between Nationwide Boulevard and Goodale Boulevard which will divide traffic as ODOT works to replace the Fourth Street bridge deck.  Two lanes of traffic in each direction plus a pedestrian walkway will be maintained. Access to I-670 east and west will also be maintained.

State Route 665 (South Side) – I-71/SR 665 (Grove City) – Beginning August 3,  motorists will be using the newly constructed entrance ramp to access Interstate 71 north from both directions of State Route 665. The switch to the new ramp will occur between the morning and afternoon commutes.

If you are east of the interchange, there will now be two lanes as you approach the entrance ramp, one for thru traffic on SR 665 and a right turn lane for I-71 north traffic. With two lanes, traffic will move more efficiently through the interchange.

If you are west of the interchange, you will notice that the entrance ramp to I-71 north is a few hundred feet east from its previous location. Temporary pavement has been set up to help vehicles make the left turn from SR 665 onto the ramp as smooth as possible.

Wendy’s and Tim Horton’s traffic will no longer be able to exit directly onto SR 665. Instead of making a right turn out of the businesses, you will be re-routed to N. Meadows Drive/Seeds Road at the back of their facilities to SR 665.   

Motorists travelling east on SR 665 will still be able to make a right turn into Wendy’s and Tim Horton’s. The new traffic pattern change only affects motorists leaving the businesses.

Hilliard-Rome Road (West Side) – Hilliard-Rome Road is reduced to one lane in each direction using temporary pavement between Westchester Woods Boulevard and Roberts Road for widening.

Left hand turns are allowed at the following locations:
Traveling both northbound and southbound on Hilliard-Rome Road at Westchester Woods Boulevard.
Traveling southbound on Hilliard-Rome Road at the service drive by Chick-Fil-A (opposite of Tanglewood Park Boulevard).
Traveling both northbound and southbound on Hilliard-Rome Road at Nike Drive.

Southbound traffic trying to access The Market at Hilliard  should use the service drive opposite Tanglewood Park Boulevard or continue south to Westchester Woods Boulevard.

Northbound traffic trying to access Tanglewood Park Boulevard or the Tanglewood Plaza shopping area should use Westchester Woods Boulevard.

This traffic pattern will remain in effect until November.

Drivers are reminded to stay alert since heavy construction equipment will be moving in and out of the work zone.

 

For up-to-date traffic information, construction information and road conditions, 24-hours a day, visit www.BuckeyeTraffic.org.

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