Ohio's first SmartLane officially opens in
The SmartLane eases
congestion on eastbound I-670
COLUMBUS - Lt. Governor
Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks
announced the opening of Ohio's first SmartLane today.
The SmartLane is the
left inside shoulder on eastbound I-670 and opens as an additional lane during
peak times of traffic to relieve congestion. It uses technology to manage
access and speed limit, as well as communicate with drivers on the route.
“This is an example of how to deploy
technology to improve the quality of life for Ohioans,” Lt. Governor Jon Husted
said. “The new SmartLane will save commuters time and also save tax dollars by
better using existing infrastructure.”
The SmartLane is a pilot project for
Ohio, and stretches along eight lane miles of eastbound I-670, from I-71 to
represents a shift in the way we think about dealing with traffic congestion.
Not only will the SmartLane get Central Ohioans home faster, this new
technology will allow us to truly manage traffic, not just monitor it,"
said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks.
The route contains nine
electronic overhead signs that help communicate to drivers when the SmartLane
is open by displaying a green arrow over the shoulder. It also consists of 37
high-definition cameras that ODOT's Traffic Management Center will consistently
Another key part of the
SmartLane's success was the widening of the I-670/I-270 interchange, where the
SmartLane turns into a permanent new lane.
approximately 18 months and cost about $60 million, the majority of which was
used for the interchange improvements.