For Immediate Release
February 1, 2017
More Safety Measures Added to Interstate 71 Construction Project
COLUMBUS (February 1, 2017) – Take notice if you use Interstate 71 on the south side in Grove City. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has made some improvements to keep traffic moving and improve safety.
Cable barrier is being installed throughout the entire four and half mile work zone. For portions of the work zone where there is a narrow grass median, the four-stand cable barrier will run on both sides of the road between Stringtown Road and SR 665. In the sections of the work zone where there is a wider grassy median, a single run of cable barrier will be installed closer to the center median.
DOT’s across the country use cable barrier to prevent median cross over crashes on flat or slightly sloped terrain. Cross over crashes can be some of the most serious crashes which result in death or very serious injuries.
Even though the contractor has started installing the cable barrier, it will take most of the month of February to complete.
Another safety improvement already in place are additional signs for truckers. Six new ‘trucks use right lane’ signs are up between Stringtown Road and SR 665 and before you get into the construction work zone. These signs are enforceable.
Putting heavy loads in the right lane keeps the trucks farther away from the soft shoulder.
The $38 million construction project to widen both directions of Interstate 71 between Stringtown Road and SR 665 started last year and is scheduled to be complete this fall.