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NEWS RELEASE
The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
September 19, 2003

 

TAFT OPENS COMPLETED I-670, SPRING-SANDUSKY INTERCHANGE 
$225-Million Project Completes Ohio's Interstate System

COLUMBUS (September 19, 2003)  

Governor Bob Taft today joined state and local officials to celebrate the opening of Interstate 670 in downtown Columbus, completing the long-awaited Spring-Sandusky Interchange. Built through a partnership between the Ohio Department of Transportation and the city of Columbus, the $57-million I-670 project was completed two weeks ahead of schedule.

"Thousands of people will benefit from this new highway," Taft said. "It will make commuting safer and easier, generate new jobs and help revitalize downtown Columbus."

As part of the 17-month I-670 project, contractors rebuilt or constructed 21 bridges, 10 ramps and almost two miles of highway through the heart of downtown Columbus. Wider and safer than its 1960s predecessor, this new highway completes the missing I-670 link between the west and east sides of Columbus. The project also completes the final segment of the 15-phase Spring-Sandusky Interchange, the $225 million project to rebuild the junction of I-670, State Route 315 and U.S. Route 33. The completion of the Spring-Sandusky Interchange is the final link of the interstate highway system as planned by ODOT in the 1950s.

"These new connections will help redistribute downtown traffic, providing new links to homes, employment and entertainment," Taft said. "It will also help reduce accidents and congestion on the overburdened I-70/71 split."

All lanes and ramps should be open by Friday afternoon rush hour. Motorists are encouraged to obey the speed limit and use caution in the area as travelers adjust to new ramps and alignment changes on the highway.

Traffic modeling shows the new I-670 will draw about 30 percent of traffic off the outdated I-70/71 corridor making travel safer and easier for downtown motorists. In addition, the project represents a commitment to building more attractive highways. ODOT and the city invested about $3.5 million in design enhancements chosen by the community, including the High Street Cap, decorative Neil Avenue bridge, and enhanced lighting, fencing and landscaping.