Relief Coming to Congested West Side Interchange
Two year project at I-70 and Hilliard Rome Road Begins Soon
COLUMBUS February 20, 2013 (NEW) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) plans to improve safety at the I-70 and Hilliard Rome Interchange, one of the most congested in Franklin County, by adding lanes and new traffic signals. ODOT says the work is expected to begin this Spring.
First motorists will see two additional lanes constructed at the ramp from I-70 west to Hilliard Rome Road north. That will improve safety. Instead of vehicles stopped and waiting to exit as vehicles are travelling by at interstate speeds, there will be more room on the exit ramp to accommodate a greater number of vehicles.
ODOT will also add a traffic signal at the end of the I-70 west ramp to Hilliard Rome Road. This will reduce weaving or motorists “jockeying” for position with thru traffic heading north.
Currently, motorists shoot across several lanes on Hilliard Rome Road to turn left at Renner Road. The new traffic signal will also make it safer for motorists travelling north.
Since no land acquisition is necessary for the additional lanes and new traffic signal, ODOT expects this first phase of work to be completed this July before the nearby Roberts Road bridges over I-270 close. The extra lanes on the ramp from I-70 west to Hilliard Rome Road north will be an alternate route for motorists who want to avoid the Roberts Road construction.
ODOT is re-building the interchange at Roberts Road and I-270. By closing both bridges over the interstate, the work will be completed in about half the time.
Next year, ODOT will make even more improvements to the Hilliard Rome Road/I-70 Interchange.
An additional lane will be constructed in each direction on Hilliard Rome Road north of Renner Road and extend to the Meijer driveway. The additional lane will reduce congestion and back-ups down the ramps to I-70.
The I-70 west to Hilliard Rome Road south exit will be realigned to a “T” intersection with a traffic signal. This will reduce weaving between motorists exiting and those travelling south on Hilliard Rome Road.
These improvements, estimated to cost $5.2 million, are expected to be completed by Fall 2014.
Baby Blue: Additional Lane on exit ramp
Purple: Original or Existing Lane
Red: Additional Lane on exit ramp
Yellow: Striped Median
Fuchsia: Turn Lanes onto Renner Road from Hilliard Rome Road
For more information contact:
Nancy Burton, District 6 Communications, at (614) 205-3131, Breanna Watzka, District 6 Communications, at (740) 833-8222.