For Immediate Release
November 13, 2014
South Side Relief Starts Westbound
All four lanes of I-270 west open Saturday
COLUMBUS – Starting this weekend, drivers on the South Side of Columbus will be seeing four… four lanes that is. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) project to widen Interstate 270 between I-71 and US Route 23 has progressed far enough that all four lanes will be open just before Thanksgiving, weather permitting.
Westbound will open first, which means crews will work overnight tomorrow into Saturday morning to open all four lanes and put the ramps in their final configuration.
Here’s how traffic will be impacted tomorrow night, November 14:
At 9 p.m., I-270 west will be reduced to one lane between US 23 and I-71.
The following ramps will also close:
· I-270 west to I-71 north
Detour: I-270 west to US 62 to I-270 east to I-71 north
· I-270 west to US 23 south
Detour: I-270 west to US 62 to I-270 east to US 23 south
· US 23 north to I-270 west
Detour: US 23 north to I-270 east to Alum Creek Drive to I-270 west
· US 23 south to I-270 west
Detour: US 23 south to SR 665 to I-71 north to I-270 west
By 5 a.m. Saturday, all four lanes of I-270 west and all ramps will be open. Once all lanes are open, entrance ramp traffic from US 23 will no longer have to merge with I-270 through traffic.
Weather permitting, all lanes of eastbound 270 will open Saturday, November 22 along with the ramp from US 23 south to I-270 east, which has been closed for a year.
The $26 million project to widen I-270 from two to four lanes started in the Spring of 2013.
For up-to-date traffic information, construction information and road conditions, 24-hours a day, visit www.Ohgo.com
For more information contact:
Nancy Burton, ODOT District 6 Communications, at (740) 833-8063
Or Breanna Badanes, ODOT District 6 Communications, at (740)833-8222.