ODOT Delivers Holiday Gifts that Keep on Giving
Three projects, one goal
Delaware (Friday, January 3, 2014) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has added turn lanes at three different intersections to give Franklin and Delaware County drivers alternate routes once heavy construction begins on the I-270/US 23 North Side Fix Project.
The project to add another right turn lane on Polaris Parkway for motorists trying to get to Interstate 71 south opened earlier this month. “Perhaps drivers thought this was an early Christmas present to help mall shoppers,” said Ferzan M. Ahmed, District 6 Deputy Director. “Actually this additional turn lane will help motorists for many holiday seasons to come.”
The project at Polaris Parkway and two other locations were constructed and completed in the same year. That’s because once construction begins on the “trench,” the two northbound express lanes on US 23 at Interstate 270, drivers will be urged to seek alternate routes unless they have to travel through the zone.
In addition to the second right turn lane from Polaris Parkway to I-71 south (pictured left), turn lanes have been added at the nearby US 23 and SR 750 intersection.
From the photos below, you can see a designated right turn lane from SR 750 west to US 23 north to Delaware or further north (left). If you are south on US 23, there are now two left turn lanes to head east on SR 750 to Polaris Parkway or Westerville (right).
The third location where ODOT made improvements in an effort to add capacity is at the intersection of State Routes 315 and 750 in southern Delaware County. Left turn lanes in both directions on SR 315 opened just before Thanksgiving.
Before heavy construction begins on US 23 at I-270 early next year, the new left turn lanes on SR 750 will be open.
To help motorists use these alternate routes, big orange message boards were installed on US 23 south. The travel time is displayed so if drivers need to use an alternate route such as SR 315 or SR 750, there is adequate time to do so.