For Immediate Release
October 6, 2011
ODOT to Begin Major Reconstruction on Southwest Side of Franklin County
Traffic Pattern Changes on 270 north and south
Interstate 270 (Southwest Side) – Motorists travelling on Interstate 270 on the southwest side have probably noticed orange barrels and crews working in the median as they travel the area. Over the next several weeks, those orange barrels will multiply as the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) begins work on a three year, $80 million project that will completely rebuild both directions of 270 between US Route 62 and Roberts Road.
Improvements will be made to every lane in this seven mile stretch of 270. In addition to constructing new pavement, crews working for ODOT will also widen the shoulders on 11 bridges and reconstruct the entrance and exit ramps at Georgesville Road, Broad Street and I-70.
This seven mile construction zone will include cross over lanes. That means that both north and southbound traffic will be moving on one side of the interstate, while construction is happening in the other direction. This traffic switch allows crews to work more efficiently since they can work on several lanes at the same time.
During construction, two to three lanes will be maintained on 270 in each direction. ODOT will also provide access to all ramps.
The speed limit during the work zone will be reduced to 55 mph so drivers should allow for extra time for their commute and remain alert to the new traffic patterns.
Beginning Monday October 10, at 7 p.m., the far right lane of 270 north will be closed from US Route 62 to Roberts Road as part of the new traffic pattern that will continue through November 2012. At 10 p.m., Monday, a second lane will be closed until Saturday October 15 at 5 a.m. This second lane closure will open every morning by 5 a.m.
For up-to-date traffic information, construction information and road conditions, 24-hours a day, visit www.BuckeyeTraffic.org.