For Immediate Release June 23, 2008
I-71/17th Avenue Bridge Project To Finish Ahead of Schedule
Improving for Today…Connecting to Tomorrow
DELAWARE, Ohio —Traffic flow on Interstate 71 at 17th Avenue in Columbus is expected to return to normal for the Tuesday morning commute, as crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) wrap up a bridge preservation project days ahead of schedule.
While it will be at least another day until 17th Avenue under the bridge reopens to traffic, three lanes in each direction of I-71 traffic will return to the mainline interstate, after two weeks of utilizing the 17th Avenue exit/on ramps as a way to maintain a constant traffic flow on I-71. ODOT credits the early completion to help from the weather and from crews working seven-day-a-week double shifts, all aimed at minimizing the impact to residents and businesses in the area.
The I-71/17th Avenue bridge project included replacement of a concrete deck overlay with approaches, joint replacement substructure and abutment repair. In addition to the 17th Avenue Bridge, the $1.2 million dollar project will also include work on the I-71 bridges over Velma and Cooke Avenues. That work is not as extensive and will occur only on weekends throughout the summer in an effort to minimize the impact to those directly affected.
ODOT would like to thank residents, drivers and local business partners - including the Ohio Exposition and Fairgrounds, the Ohio Historical Society, Crew Stadium, area hotels, restaurants and convenience stores - for their patience and understanding during the I-71/17th Avenue bridge project.
For up to date information on road conditions, traffic, construction and other activities that may affect your drive anywhere in Ohio, go to www.BuckeyeTraffic.org.
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For more information, contact Nancy Burton at 740-833-8063.
Serving the central Ohio area comprised of Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union counties, ODOT District 6 is responsible for construction, maintenance, and snow and ice removal on 1,552 bridges and more than 4,300 state, U.S., and interstate highway lane miles.