For Immediate Release
October 24, 2012
West Side Interchange to be Reconstructed in Months not Years
I-270 and Roberts Road Project Set for Construction Next Year
COLUMBUS – (NEW) In an effort to reduce the impact to the motoring public, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has developed a plan that will reconstruct the interchange at I-270 and Roberts Road on the west side of Franklin County in six months instead of a year or more.
During the initial planning phase of the project, ODOT informed the public, one lane of Roberts Road in each direction would be maintained during construction. That would have taken a year to complete and the reduced lanes over the bridge would have caused delays for drivers during peak hours.
Just recently, engineers determined if the twin bridges at Roberts Road were closed completely, the contractor could build both bridges simultaneously and reduce construction time by half.
Even though the Roberts Road Bridge will be closed, all ramps will remain open. East and westbound Roberts Road would be detoured using the I-270/Cemetery Road Interchange, Westbelt, Trabue and Wilson Roads.
ODOT is investing an estimated $8.7 million to improve safety at I-270 and Roberts Road. The interchange averages just over a hundred crashes a year.
ODOT plans to build a diverging diamond interchange (see below). As its technical name suggests, the interchange would be shaped like a diamond and would reduce congestion and improve traffic flow by:
· Switching traffic to the opposite sides of the road as it passes over the freeway; and
· Constructing entrance ramps to I-270 that are free-flow turns from Roberts Road.
Reconstruction of the I-270/Roberts Road Interchange is scheduled for Spring 2013.