For Immediate Release
July 15, 2013
Countdown to the Roberts Road Bridge Closure
Two weeks and counting
COLUMBUS – (NEW) Before the brand new, first ever interchange the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) calls the “Diverging Diamond” can start emerging, the Roberts Road bridge over Interstate 270 on the city’s west side has to close.
This week signs go up notifying drivers that by the end of this month, they will not be able to drive over I-270 on the Roberts Road bridge. Motorists will still be able to exit at Roberts Road since all the ramps at the interchange will remain open.
Closing the bridge for 90 days means the contractor will be able to complete the project in six months instead of a year or more.
This is the first time a diverging diamond interchange has been built in Ohio. The design reduces congestion and provides easier movement by switching traffic to the opposite sides of the road, as it passes over the freeway, creating a diamond shape (see graphic below).
There is an incentive if the contractor opens up the bridge in less than 90 days as well as a disincentive if the work extends past the deadline.
Here is the detour information. If you are travelling north on I-270 and want to head west on Roberts Road, don’t exit at the interchange, but proceed to the next exit at Cemetery Road to I-270 south and exit at Roberts Road. If you are south on I-270 and want to head east on Roberts Road, exit at Roberts Road and turn right and then left immediately at Westbelt Drive to Trabue Road to Wilson Road.
Through traffic on Roberts Road can also use Westbelt Drive to Trabue Road to Wilson Road or reverse to get to the other side of bridge.
ODOT is investing an estimated $8.7 million to build this new interchange at I-270 and Roberts Road.
For up-to-date traffic information, construction information and road conditions, 24-hours a day, visit www.OHGO.com