August 9, 2011
ODOT to begin construction on the first Columbus Crossroads Project
Ramp closures in September, Major Traffic Pattern Changes in November
District 6 – Ferzan M. Ahmed, P.E. Deputy Director
COLUMBUS (Tuesday August 9, 2011) - The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will begin a $200 million construction project to reduce congestion, improve safety and better connect neighborhoods at the Interstate 71 and 670 Interchange in Columbus next month.
The public will first see orange construction barrels near the interchange in September when several ramps close.
The I-71/670 Interchange is the first Columbus Crossroads Project, which will add a travel lane on I-670, construct 22 new bridges and 28 new retaining walls along with partial completion of two new urban avenues to improve access and mobility.
“The modernization of this interstate corridor through downtown Columbus is one of the largest transportation projects of its kind here in Central Ohio,”said ODOT District 6 Deputy Director Ferzan Ahmed. “Our goal is to provide a safer highway and reduce crashes and congestion.”
Kokosing Construction Company of Ohio along with designer CH2M Hill was awarded the contract because they had the lowest bid and the best design proposal.
The I-71/670 Interchange is a value based, design-build project, where the construction and design are combined in a single contract, which allows ODOT to deliver a better quality project more efficiently.
During construction, two lanes of I-670 and 71 will be maintained, but motorists should seek alternate routes or allow for extra travel time since many ramps will be closed, and there will be new traffic patterns on I-670 and for the Neil Avenue entrance ramp to I-670 east.
A map of what ramps are open and closed during this first phase of construction is available at the project www.odot71670.org. ODOT also has a project information phone line, 877-381-7071 that the public can call with questions.
Media Contact: Nancy Burton at (614) 205-3131 or email Nancy.Burton@dot.state.oh.us.