For Immediate Release
November 9, 2011
CONTRA MEANS YOU CAN, REALLY
Contraflow lane serves as express lane through the I-270 construction zone
Interstate 270 (Southwest Side) – By definition, contra means to go against, and that’s exactly what The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) wants drivers to consider as part of the I-270 reconstruction project on the Southwest Side of Franklin County.
Beginning Saturday morning, there will be a contraflow lane on I-270 south, as part of a new traffic pattern that will safely maintain traffic through the seven-mile construction zone from Roberts Road to US 62.
For the I-270 project, the contraflow lane begins just south of Roberts Road and means the left lane of southbound traffic will cross over to the northbound side of the road. A portable barrier wall will separate the southbound contraflow lane and the three northbound lanes.
Motorists travelling southbound who wish to exit at I-70 or Broad Street should stay in the right two lanes of I-270 south. The contraflow lane can be used as an express lane for those who do not wish to exit at I-70 or Broad Street.
To make the switch, one lane of I-270 south will close between Roberts Road and I-70 at 7 p.m. Friday so crews can restripe the pavement for the contraflow lane.
At 9:30 p.m. Friday, I-270 south will be reduced to one lane between I-70 and Broad Street for pavement restriping. Also at 9:30, the I-270 southbound exit ramps to Broad Street will be closed. The detour is I-270 to Georgesville Road to Broad Street.
By Saturday at 12 noon, all ramps will be open and three lanes will be maintained in each direction between Roberts Road and Broad Street. One of the three southbound lanes will be a contraflow lane.
The speed limit through the work zone will be reduced to 55 mph so drivers should allow for extra time for their commute and to adjust to the new traffic pattern.
For up-to-date traffic information, construction information and road conditions, 24-hours a day, visit www.BuckeyeTraffic.org.