For Immediate Release
November 7, 2014
How Do Drivers on the South Side Spell Relief? F- O- U- R
Four travels lanes open soon on I-270
COLUMBUS – Drivers who use Interstate 270 on the south side of Columbus really do have something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) project to widen this section of 270 between Interstate 71 and US Route 23 has progressed far enough that all four lanes will be open just before the holiday, weather permitting.
The first change drivers will notice is a designated exit lane from I-270 east to US 23. That means two through lanes for I-270 east and a separate exit lane for US 23 in time for the Tuesday morning commute.
To make this happen, this is how traffic will be impacted Monday night, November 10:
· At 9 p.m., I-270 east will be reduced to one lane at US 23
· The ramps from I-270 east to US 23 north and south will also close at 9 p.m.
Detour: I-270 east to Alum Creek Drive to I-270 west to US 23
By 5 a.m. Tuesday, two through lanes and an exit lane will be open on I-270 east.
A separate exit lane for US 23 means less congestion for motorists continuing east on I-270.
The next two weekends, crews will work to open all lanes of I-270 with westbound going from two to four lanes by November 15. Once all lanes are open, entrance ramp traffic from US 23 will no longer have to merge with I-270 through traffic.
All lanes of eastbound 270 will open the following weekend. The reason crews work during the overnight hours and on weekends is because traffic volumes are light; therefore the impact to the motoring public is less severe.
Also opening on November 22 is the ramp from US 23 south to I-270 east which has been closed for a year.
The $26 million widening project started in the Spring of 2013.
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