For Immediate Release
December 9, 2016
Westside Crossover Still a “GO” for Next Week
I-70 east and westbound near 270 impacted
COLUMBUS – (December 9, 2016) “Weather permitting” is a phrase uttered daily at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) – perhaps even more so, this time of year when talking about construction. Regardless of the forecast, west side drivers who use Interstate 70 near 270 are in for a major change next week.
By Wednesday morning, December 14, eastbound Interstate 70 drivers will have to ‘cross over’ onto the westbound side right before Hilliard Rome Road. They will travel in this pattern for several miles and not cross back over until just before Wilson Rd.
So much progress has been made on the project that crews need room to start constructing another lane for eastbound I-70.
The $47 million widening project that started last year is expected to be complete in October 2017.
While the forecast does not look promising in terms of warmer temperatures and no precipitation, the contractor is still hopeful the new traffic pattern will be in place next week. This phase of construction is expected to last all winter.
Graphics (below and attached) illustrate how drivers will get safely through the work zone. One graphic focuses on the work zone near Hilliard Rome Road; the other portrays the traffic pattern just before Wilson Road.
Here are key points to remember:
Slow down—all travel lanes through this construction work zone are not the standard 12 feet. Some lanes are 11’.
All exits are maintained during this ‘crossover’ phase.
There is no change to the exits from eastbound I-70 to go south or north on I-270. Those exits will function as they do today.
Use extra caution on the exit ramp from I-70 east to I-270 north because of the curve on the ramp which existed even before construction started.
If you are coming from I-270 and want to head east on 70, you will not have to enter the crossover.
Again, drivers should expect this crossover to be in place by Wednesday, December 14, but could change depending on the weather.
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