ODOT: I-270 Bridge Widening on the Southside to Start in One Week
Drivers Reminded: Slow For The Cone Zone
Columbus (Monday, April 19, 2010) – One week from today, at two year Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) project will begin to widen the I-270 bridges on the south side of Columbus between I-71 and US 23.
The $11 million project over the Scioto River will expand the bridges in both directions from two to four lanes and replace the existing bridge decks. ODOT is widening the bridges in anticipation of additional lanes in the future on I-270 in southern Franklin County.
Beginning today, drivers will see signs and message boards in the area notifying them that work will begin in a week.
Throughout the project, ODOT will maintain two lanes of traffic in each direction; however there will be a shift in traffic. In order to maintain those two lanes, drivers will be using the shoulders in both directions.
This shift in traffic will allow crews to work on the bridges. Drivers should also be aware the speed limit will be reduced to 55 miles per hour in the work zone. Because the reduced speed and the shift in traffic, drivers should remain alert and give the workers your undivided attention.
“Even though there are still the same amount of travel lanes, this project will clearly impact drivers, said Thomas J. Wester, ODOT District 6 Deputy Director. “It is important that motorists pay attention in this work zone for their safety and the safety of our workers.”
In 2009, there were 5,012 crashes in work zones along Ohio’s roadways. 13 people lost their lives. While the numbers are down from the year before, it still represents one work zone crash every two hours in Ohio. The causes of most work zone related crashes are speeding, vehicles following too close together, and drivers making improper lane changes.
The widening of the bridges on I-270 is expected to be complete in September of 2011.
For up-to-date traffic information, construction information and road conditions, 24-hours a day, visit www.BuckeyeTraffic.org.