For Immediate Release
November 2, 2011
First came North; Now comes 270 South
Lane restrictions and ramp closures this weekend on southwest side
Interstate 270 (Southwest Side) –With the traffic pattern change complete on I-270 north, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will work this weekend on 270 south between US 62 and Roberts Road in order to begin the first phases of heavy highway construction on the southwest side of Franklin County.
Last month, ODOT began a three-year, $80 million project that will completely reconstruct seven miles of 270 north and south.
Beginning Friday at 7 p.m., 270 south will be reduced to two lanes between Broad Street and US 62 so crews can switch southbound traffic to the northbound side. At 9 p.m. Friday, 270 south will be reduced to one lane between US 62 and Broad Street.
The entrance and exit ramps at Georgesville Road will close at 11 p.m. on Friday for pavement restriping. To access I-270 south from Georgesville Road, the detour is Broad Street to I-270. The detour for the Georgesville Road exit is I-270 to Broad Street to Georgesville.
By Saturday at 7 a.m., there will be two lanes of 270 maintained in both directions between 62 and Broad Street, but southbound traffic will be travelling on the northbound side. Access to the ramps at Broad Street, Georgesville Road and US 62 will be maintained using a traffic configuration called a crossover.
A crossover means that one direction of traffic will cross over, through the permanent median, to the other side of the road so that both directions of traffic are on the same side, which allows crews to work safely and more efficiently on that section of I-270.
Motorists will use crossovers to access 270 south and to exit the interstate. The crossovers are located south of Broad Street, north and south of Georgesville Road and 62.
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.