ODOT: Bridge Project to Impact I-71 North of Downtown
I-71 lanes reduced and ramps closed…NO FOOLING
Columbus (Thursday, April 1, 2009) – An Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) project to improve I-71 over Second Avenue near downtown Columbus will reduce travel lanes for the motoring public and close four ramps.
Beginning Sunday April 11, I-71 over Second Avenue will be reduced to two lanes in each direction for three weeks and three lanes in each direction for three weeks. Second Avenue will not be closed.
While crews will begin setting up the work zone the night of Thursday April 8, it will take two days to set up the temporary traffic configurations on I-71. The entrance ramps to I-71 south at Fifth and 11th Avenues will close beginning Friday night and the entrance ramps from Broad and Long Streets to I-71 north will close Saturday night.
Since drivers will not be able to access I-71 south from 11th or Fifth Avenues, motorists will be detoured to 17th Avenue to I-71 south or Summit Street to I-670 east to I-71 south.
The detours to I-71 north from Broad and Long Streets will be 4th Street to I-670 east to I-71 north. The Broad Street ramp to I-670 west will remain open.
ODOT is encouraging drivers to know before they go and seek alternate routes before construction begins. They include: State Routes 315 and 3, I-670 to I-270, US Route 23, and local roads.
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is also an option. Park and ride locations for individuals travelling between the north side of Columbus and downtown include: Crosswoods Park and Ride (#32 express), Morse and Indianola Park and Ride (#4 local) and the Westerville Park and Ride (#33, #36 and #37 express).
The $783,000 project will replace the end walls, or abutments, on I-71 over Second Avenue. The abutments, in combination with the bridge piers, support the bridge deck which is the surface where vehicles travel.
All lanes of I-71 and the ramps are expected to be open by May 23.
More information on the project can be found here.