For Immediate Release
September 19, 2011
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.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
Interstate 71 State Route 665 (South Side) – Motorists will notice several traffic pattern changes as they travel through the Interstate 71 State Route 665 Interchange in Grove City.
Travelling south on I-71, motorists will be able to exit at SR 665 but will not be able to access Old Haughn Road or the new Haughn Road.
For motorists west of the interchange, but travelling east on SR 665, the roadway will be open, and they will not have to use Gateway West to New Haughn Road to Old Haughn Road to access I-71. If eastbound 665 drivers do want to access Old Haughn Road, they will have to use Gateway West to New Haughn Road to Old Haughn Road.
At the intersection of New Haughn Road and Old Haughn Road, right turns will not be permitted; you will only be able to turn north onto Old Haughn Road.
If you are east of the interchange, but travelling west, there is still one lane in each direction on SR 665 and you can access both directions of I-71, but cannot turn right onto Old Haughn Road because of the new exit ramp from I-71 south. To access, Old Haughn, you will need to use Gateway West to New Haughn Road to Old Haughn.
Construction began last year on the $22 million dollar project that will create a single point urban interchange at I-71/SR 665 similar to the I-270 and Sawmill Road interchange.
Interstate 270 (South Side) – (NEW) I-270 will be reduced to one lane in each direction between I-71 and US 23 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for pavement marking. Completion date: September 21.
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: October 15.
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.
Third Street (Downtown) – 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.
Fourth Street (Downtown) – There will be a barrier wall down the middle of Fourth Street between Nationwide Boulevard and Goodale Street 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. Completion date: November 27.
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.