For Immediate Release
September 7, 2015
TRENCH OPENING SOON
First one in Ohio
COLUMBUS – (NEW) This week, weather permitting, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will open the state’s first trench that will carry two express lanes of US 23 northbound traffic through the busy Interstate 270/US 23 interchange.
Crews are aiming for Thursday September 10 before the morning commute to open the trench and several other movements.
“This is a major milestone on the reconstruction of this interchange,” said Ferzan M. Ahmed, ODOT Deputy Director. “This will provide relief to thousands of motorists while construction continues.”
The trench—which is ¾’s of a mile long and about 25’ deep—goes under US 23 just north of the I-270 interchange. The George J. Igel Company and the Ruhlin company started construction on the trench May 17, 2014.
While there is still cosmetic work to be performed on the trench walls along with final paving and striping, the trench is fully functioning for two US 23 northbound lanes to travel through it.
Since I-270 and US 23 is one of the busiest interchanges in Central Ohio, ODOT realized something had to be done to relieve congestion, improve safety and enhance capacity. “The communities did not want giant flyover ramps so that was not an option, and neither was buying property to expand the interchange,” said Ferzan M. Ahmed. “The trench was the best way to fix this north side interchange.”
Along with the trench, several other movements will also open Thursday morning. They include:
· A new local road on the east side of the trench that will be two lanes wide until Flint Rd. You can now access Dimension Drive, E. Campus View Blvd, Radio City and Flint Rd. from the local lanes.
· A designated right turn lane for Dimension Dr. from US 23 north. Right turns onto Dimension Dr. have been prohibited since trench construction started more than a year ago.
· Designated and signalized right at East Campus View Boulevard.
· Designated and signalized left turn lane at W. Campus View Boulevard.
· If you are trying to get to Camp Mary Orton and the businesses/residences at Northwoods, use the lane in the trench and take a left at the first traffic signal at Northwoods Blvd. north.
· If you are trying to reach the businesses on the east side of US 23 just north of Flint, use the local lanes.
North of Flint Road, the new local road narrows to one lane and merges with the two express lanes exiting the trench at Northwood Boulevard South.
While opening the trench and other access points is a major milestone, there is still much to finish on the project. The new US 23 bridge over I-270 has be completed along with construction of the new ramps from Interstate 270 to US 23 north and south. There is also an additional lane for US 23 southbound that needs to be constructed along with final paving, striping and landscaping.
The $75 million project is scheduled to be complete in Fall of 2016.
For up-to-date traffic information, construction information and road conditions, 24-hours a day, visit www.OHGO.com.