ODOT’s SR 315 Game Plan on Game Day
Follow the 3 P’s: Prior Planning, Police and Patience
(Columbus) August 27, 2009- The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) continues to work with law enforcement, the city of Columbus and the Ohio State University to make sure as many lanes and ramps along the State Route 315 corridor, currently under construction, remain open during home football games. All exit ramps on SR 315 south will remain open and on SR 315 north, the Lane Avenue exit will also be open.
To better manage traffic and keep the construction work zone as safe as possible, ODOT will not permit the contractor to close or restrict any additional lanes on SR 315 and side streets on Saturday September 5, 12 and 26.
ODOT says following the game plan for these home football games in September means remembering the three P’s: Plan, Police and Patience.
Plan: Since there are two lanes of traffic on SR 315 in both directions, not three, plan ahead and seek alternate routes such as Interstate 71 and U.S. Route 33. OSU is encouraging fans travelling south after the game to park in lots south of Ohio Stadium; fans wanting to travel north should park in lots north of Ohio Stadium. A color-coded map is available at http://tp.osu.edu/Maps/FootballParkingMap.pdf.
The Central Ohio Regional Transit Authority (COTA) is also offering a football shuttle service from the State Fairgrounds and the Crosswoods Park and Ride. Visit www.cota.com for more information.
Police: Follow directions from law enforcement and traffic officers. They will have the latest information and direct you to all available roadways and ramps both travelling to and from the stadium once the game concludes.
Patience: Extra patience will be needed. Plan on it taking longer to get to the stadium and back home after the game.
If you are not going to the game, ODOT is asking drivers to avoid SR 315 all together during home football games in September.
This year’s construction on SR 315 north is on schedule and is expected to be completed in October. Work on SR 315 south will begin next year. ODOT is investing $24 million to improve three miles of roadway, bridges and ramps along SR 315 from I-670 to Ackerman Road.