New Traffic Pattern on I-70 West into Downtown
East Side drivers
headed downtown via Interstate 70 will notice a new traffic pattern just before
the I-70/71 split. Overnight Wednesday, crews shifted westbound I-70 traffic to
begin construction on the next phase of the Columbus Crossroads project.
I-70 west is reduced to
one lane between 18th Street and Grant Avenue for nine months to
construct a retaining wall along the interstate. That means I-70 west thru
traffic and traffic headed to I-71 south have to merge into the left lane
sooner than they did prior to construction.
Drivers are encouraged
to follow the signs and choose their lane early.
Tomorrow night, crews
will shift traffic on I-71 south starting at Main Street to 3rd Street. Drivers
will have the same number of lanes, but the lanes will be shifted to the left.
Here's how traffic will
be impacted tomorrow night.
FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017
- 8 PM: the ramp from Broad Street to I-71 south will close.
Detour: Broad St. westbound to 3rd to I-71 south. Eastbound Broad St:
Parsons Ave. to Main St. to Rich St. to 3rd St. to I-71 south.
- 8 PM: I-70 west reduced to three lanes at Champion Ave. and
- 11 PM: I-71 south reduced to two lanes at Main Street.
- 5 AM: All ramps and lanes open.
This $41 million project is the first of
five projects to improve the I-70/71 corridor. The first project will build a
new wider bridge at Grant Avenue as well as make improvements to Mound and
The environmental review, consultation and other actions required by
applicable Federal environmental laws for these projects are being, or have
been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of
Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.