CONGESTION ON I-70, I-71 COULD BE SOLVED EASILY

COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Tuesday, June 25, 2002
EDITORIAL & COMMENT   08A

The Thursday Metro section contained an article voicing a lot of concern about the congestion south of Downtown where I-70 and I-71 run together. To anyone who travels, it's obvious that when two interstate highways merge together, you have major problems. A solution is to no longer have them meet.

An extension of I-71 south from I-70 to the east of Parsons Avenue and connecting to and replacing Rt. 104 westbound to I-71 at Frank Road would cut the congestion in half. This would entail 2 1/2 miles of new depressed highway over land used for residences and light commercial, redesigning and rebuilding three interchanges while keeping them in use and a great deal of work on utilities and affected streets.

The problems in the existing crunch area are only going to get worse in the next 10 to 20 years. This seems to be the required time for the Ohio Department of Transportation to design and build something. Let's get moving on it now.

George Sanderson
Columbus