Two Complete, One More to Go on Interstate 71 Widening
Three lanes NOW Open between Delaware and Morrow Counties
Delaware (Thursday, Oct 23, 2014) – All three lanes opened this afternoon in both directions on Interstate 71 between Delaware and State Route 61 in Morrow County. With the completion of this section, there is only one stretch of Interstate 71 between Columbus and Cleveland that is not three lanes.
But not for long.
“By Thanksgiving, which is one of the busiest travel times for many Ohioans, drivers will now have three travel lanes all the way from Columbus to Cleveland,” said Ferzan M. Ahmed, ODOT District 6 Deputy Director. “That will make getting to family safer and more efficient.”
Last year, construction started on a third lane for both north and southbound 71 between Routes 36-37 in Delaware County and Route 61. The $52 million project is on time.
For the next two weeks, there could be intermittent lane closures (three lanes to two) on this section of I-71 should the contractor need to make complete final work.
The final widening project also started last year. It widens I-71 in Morrow County between SR 61 and SR 95. While ODOT expects to have all three lanes open in time for Thanksgiving, crews will come back next spring to apply the final surface course of asphalt on this nine-mile stretch between State Routes 61 and 95.
There are still a few sections of Interstate 71 that are not three lanes wide. Those areas include downtown Columbus where 70 and 71 meet and stretches of I-71 in Pickaway, Madison and Fayette counties.
There is nine-mile section of I-71 south of Grove City in Franklin County that will be widened beginning next year.