For Immediate Release
December 13, 2016
Westside Crossover: Not Tomorrow, but Coming Soon
Before the end of the year, weather permitting
COLUMBUS – (December 13, 2016) Because of the latest blast of winter weather, west side drivers who use Interstate 270 and 70 will not be switching into a new traffic pattern tomorrow morning as previously announced.
The best guess is the traffic switch will happen by the end of the year, but it depends on the weather and holiday travel. ODOT says they have to switch traffic into this new pattern so they can keep the project on schedule.
The project, that started last year, is constructing an additional lane in both directions on I-70 between I-270 and Hilliard Rome Road.
Here’s what it means for drivers. Eastbound Interstate 70 drivers will have to ‘cross over’ onto the westbound side right before Hilliard Rome Road. They will travel in this pattern for several miles and not cross back over until just before Wilson Road.
While traffic is on the westbound side crews will be constructing the additional lane for eastbound I-70.
This phase of construction is expected to last until Spring.
Once the date for the 'crossover' is set, ODOT will provide prior notification so west side drivers know what to expect.
Graphics (below and attached) illustrate how drivers will get safely through the work zone. One graphic focuses on the work zone near Hilliard Rome Road; the other portrays the traffic pattern just before Wilson Road.
Here are key points to remember:
Slow down—all travel lanes through this construction work zone are not the standard 12 feet. Some lanes are 11’.
All exits are maintained during this ‘crossover’ phase.
There is no change to the exits from eastbound I-70 to go south or north on I-270.
Those exits will function as they do today.
Use extra caution on the exit ramp from I-70 east to I-270 north because of the curve on the ramp which existed even before construction started.
If you are coming from I-270 and want to head east on 70, you will not have to enter the crossover.
Drivers can expect this crossover to be in place later this month, but that could change depending on the weather. As soon as the date for the crossover is set, ODOT will release the schedule.
The $47 million widening project that started last year is expected to be complete in October 2017.
For up-to-date traffic information, construction information and road conditions, 24-hours a day, visit www.Ohgo.com