2009 ODOT State Route 315 Project Finishes Ahead of Schedule
Beat the Barrel, Follow the Game Plan
COLUMBUS (September 23,2009) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced today the improvement project on State Route 315 for this construction season has been completed weeks ahead of schedule. ODOT says a combination of favorable weather and an aggressive construction schedule contributed to the project’s early completion.
The contractor originally had until October 13, but this Friday, September 25, crews will begin to switch SR 315 traffic back to pre-construction configurations. In June, ODOT began a $24 million dollar project to improve eight bridges and three miles of SR 315 from I-670 to Ackerman Road.
Northbound drivers will be switched first. Two lanes of SR 315 north will be open as well as the entrance ramps at Goodale Boulevard, Olentangy River Road and Lane Avenue- and the exit ramp at Ackerman Road- in time for the OSU home football game on Saturday.
When 10,000 feet of portable concrete barrier is removed and overhead signs are in place, all entrance and exit ramps as well as three lanes of traffic will be open on SR 315 north, including the I-670 east to SR 315 north entrance ramp. That is expected to occur mid-week.
Then crews will work on SR 315 south, preparing all three lanes and opening entrance ramps at North Broadway, Olentangy River Road, Ackerman Road and Lane Avenue. It is expected to take a week or less to have all ramps and lanes open in both directions on SR 315.
Drivers are reminded to pay special attention to the posted speed limit signs. The speed limit along this three mile corridor of SR 315 will not return to the way it was before construction until all three lanes are opened in both directions of SR 315.
Drivers on SR 315 north and south may notice a different pavement surface. This is temporary pavement. Final paving in both directions of SR 315 will not occur until next year after improvements have been made to SR 315 south.
Before the project started, ODOT created a Web site, www.BuckeyeTraffic.org/315, to provide 24-hour information on the construction project, including traffic advisories, video updates on the project and interactive maps. Since May, the SR 315 Web site has received more than 94,000 hits. More details on the traffic switch that begins this Friday is available at www.BuckeyeTraffic.org/315.