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  • NEWS RELEASE

    Office of the Governor Bob Taft
    Ohio Department of Transportation 
    Internet News Release
    December 6, 2000

    GOVERNOR CELEBRATES EARLY COMPLETION OF NORTH OUTERBELT

    Interstate 270 North Outerbelt project six months ahead of schedule

     COLUMBUS -  (Wednesday, December 6, 2000) Gov. Bob Taft today joined Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor, local businesses and public officials in celebrating the early completion of the Interstate 270 North Outerbelt project six months ahead of schedule.

    The $106-million project reconstructed the 26-year-old roadway and added two new lanes in each direction between Dublin and Westerville, bringing an early holiday present to thousands of construction-weary residents, businesses and motorists on Columbus northwest side.

    "Adding four new lanes to this vital corridor will help reduce congestion and assist businesses that continue to generate jobs and economic activity for the region," said Taft. "The improvements will open the way to continued economic growth and improved traffic safety throughout the region."

    The I-270 North Outerbelt is the most congested freeway in central Ohio, serving between 64,000 and 126,000 vehicles per day. By 2020, traffic is expected to grow an additional 60 percent. Population and employment along the corridor will also continue to rise. Between 1990 and 2020, the population will increase by 47 percent and employment by 81 percent.

    ODOT began construction in 1997, reconstructing the roadway base and adding two new lanes to serve growing vehicle and freight traffic. While the project was originally scheduled for completion next year, ODOT accelerated the work to open all lanes of traffic to motorists by December. A final layer of pavement will be added in the spring, however the work will involve minimal lane closures primarily during off-peak hours.

    "Completion of the project, six months ahead of schedule, is a result of the Taft administrations commitment to improving the level of service we provide Ohioans," said Proctor. "At the governors direction we have accelerated work on several high-priority projects across the state, maintained more lanes of traffic during construction and increased the level of nighttime work to ease the impact of construction on motorists."

    Of the 15 largest projects in Central Ohio, including the North Outerbelt, 10 incorporated night work to minimize motorist inconvenience; 6 were done exclusively at night; and 6 were completed ahead of schedule.

    "My thanks goes out to the public who has patiently navigated lane and ramp closures, barriers and orange barrels during this record-breaking construction season," said Proctor. "Today represents a turning point in Central Ohio. As projects like the North Outerbelt come to a close, we can begin to feel the effects of improved travel and continued economic prosperity throughout the region."

     

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