Shows Drivers the New “Trench”
ODOT’s latest “how to” video now on
June 25, 2014) – The Ohio
Department of Transportation (ODOT) is using video animation to help drivers
travel safely through the “trench” that is currently under construction on the
Interstate 270/US 23 North Side Fix project.
As part of the $75
million project, two new express lanes for US 23 northbound traffic are being
constructed in the middle of the roadway approximately 25 feet below the street
surface. It’s called a trench because it is open on the top except for when
drivers travel under Campus View Boulevard and Flint Road.
“The video animation is in response to dozens of inquiries
from the motoring public,” said Ferzan M. Ahmed, ODOT District 6 Deputy
Director. “Because the trench is a new concept for many Central Ohio drivers,
we felt the video animation explaining how it will work-- once complete-- was
the way to go.”
This is the first highway project in Central Ohio to ever
build a trench, which is expected to take two years to construct, weather
The animation shows the trench from several different views
including high above and behind the wheel, driving through it.
Drivers, heading to Delaware County or points north, can
access the trench after they exit the I-270/US 23 Interchange. The trench
begins right before Campus View Boulevard and exits just prior to Northwoods
The trench, which is slightly over three-quarters of a mile
long, has shoulders on sides, lights and drainage.
the animation, go to the project website, www.270-23.com or click here.