ODOT Looking at Adding Lanes to I-270 on the South Side
Widening between I-71 and US 23
Columbus (Thursday, October 11, 2012) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is moving forward with plans to widen both directions of Interstate 270 on the south side between Interstate 71 and US 23. The limited capacity in this section combined with traffic volumes has led to congestion and safety issues on this freeway.
In 2007, ODOT widened the two bridges on I-71 over the Scioto River on the south side with plans that additional travel lanes would be added in the future. The preferred concept is two additional lanes for a total of four lanes in each direction for this section of I-270.
For more than 50 years, I-270 between I-71 and US 23 has remained in its original configuration of two lanes in each direction, while other areas on I-270 have been widened to three or more lanes in each direction.
ODOT says the $23 million widening project will occur on the inside median and within the existing right-of-way, meaning no property or land will need to be acquired.
Congestion and daily back-ups are all too common on this section of I-270 on the south side. The growing region south of Columbus is another reason the additional travel lanes are needed. These roadway improvements will also allow for future work at the I-270 and I-71 Interchange as well as the I-270 and US 23 Interchange.
Right now, ODOT is working on the interstate design and completing environmental documentation that is needed prior to construction.
Once complete, ODOT estimates construction on the additional lanes of I-270 could begin in a next year and be completed by 2014.