ODOT Asks for Input on Fixing 70/71 Split

WBNS-10TV (3/17/03)

Danger is lurking on the roadways here in central Ohio. A long-time traffic hotspot is grabbing the attention of state officials.

They say the I-70/71 split in downtown Columbus is where a number of accidents are happening. And now they want you to help solve the problem.

This could be one of the biggest projects for ODOT. That's because it's one of the biggest problems they need to solve for congestion and safety reasons. Over 170,000 vehicles travel through the split everyday.

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, over a quarter of all accidents on I-70/71 happen at the split. So now, ODOT is turning to the public for ways to solve these problems. Wednesday night, they plan to present several ideas based on suggestions from hundreds of people in the community.

This split was built in the 1960s and it's not capable of handling today's traffic. And fixing the problem is no simple solution. It will take about eight years to do this and hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars. That's why they're looking to the public for help.

Wednesday night from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., a public meeting will be held at the Columbus Health Department at Main and Parsons. ODOT will be unveiling six different plan, but it is looking for more ideas.