For Immediate Release
December 2, 2016
Changes Coming Before Christmas for West Side Drivers
I-70 east and westbound impacted
COLUMBUS – (December 2, 2016) By Tuesday morning, weather permitting, westbound Interstate 70 drivers will NOT have any more lane shifts or crossovers as they travel through the work zone. That will be the traffic pattern on the I-270/70 project all winter long. Two thru lanes for I-70 westbound travel from Wilson Road to I-270, and three lanes from I-270 to Hilliard Rome Road.
So much progress has been made on the I-70 widening project between I-270 and Hilliard Rome Road that drivers can now travel on the new pavement. ODOT started a project last year that is building an extra lane on both directions of I-70 between I- 270 and Hilliard Rome Road.
In order to smooth out the ride for westbound drivers, here’s how traffic will be impacted Monday night into Tuesday.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2016
Interstate 70 (West Side) – (NEW)
10 PM: The ramps from I-70 west to I-270 north and south will close.
The detour is I-70 west to Hilliard-Rome Road to I-70 east to I-270.
10 PM: The ramp from Wilson Road to I-70 west will close.
The detour is Trabue Road or Fisher Road to Hilliard-Rome Road to I-70 west.
1 AM: The ramps from I-70 west to I-270 will reopen and all lanes of I-70 west will close at I-270.
The detour is I-270 north to Roberts Road to I-270 south to I-70 west.
5 AM: All lanes of I-70 west and the ramp from Wilson Road will be open by 5 a.m. Tuesday
There will also be traffic pattern changes for eastbound drivers. Later this month, I-70 EB traffic will literally “crossover” and have at least two travel lanes on the westbound side to get safely through the work zone. This will allow crews to build that additional lane for I-70 east between Hilliard Rome Road and I-270.
Both directions of I-70 will be on the westbound side from Hilliard-Rome Road to just before Wilson Road, where eastbound traffic will cross back over. All entrance and exit ramps will be maintained.
As soon as a date for the eastbound “crossover” is set, ODOT will release a graphic to help drivers navigate the new traffic pattern.
The $47 million widening project is expected to be complete in October 2017.
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