Animation Shows Drivers the New “Trench”

ODOT’s latest “how to” video now on the Web

Delaware (Wednesday, 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 permitting. 

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 Boulevard South.

The trench, which is slightly over three-quarters of a mile long, has shoulders on sides, lights and drainage.


To view the animation, go to the project website,, click here, or watch below!