Navigating the I-71/670 Construction Zone
1. Are I-71 and I-670 open during construction?
lanes are being maintained on I-71 and I-670 throughout construction, with just
a few exceptions. When there are planned lane closures and restrictions, we will
provide prior notification to the local media and post the information on our
website and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
2. What if
the exit ramp I usually take is closed?
posted detours and extensive signage to show drivers the way around closed
ramps and exits. ODOT also works with the City of Columbus to identify
alternate routes around construction that may not be signed but are options. We
will continue to share these detours and alternate routes with the local media
and on our website, FB and Twitter accounts.
3. Are there other ways to get out of downtown?
If South of Broad Street:
Street east to I-71 north to I-670 east
· Long St.
to Hamilton Ave. to Mt. Vernon Ave. to St. Clair Ave. to Leonard Ave. to access
I-71 north(via I-670 west or I-670 east.
If North of Broad Street:
· Long St.
to Hamilton Ave. to Mt. Vernon Ave. to St. Clair Ave. to Leonard Ave. to I-71
north (via I-670 west) or I-670 east.
north on 4th St., past I-670, using the left two lanes to 5th
Ave. or 11th Ave. or Hudson St. to access I-71 north.
When does the
Long Street Bridge close?
originally thought that the Long Street Bridge would close for about six months
as a new bridge was built over I-71. The Design-Build Team proposed a new
approach, however, that will limit the closure to no more than one week.
Construction on Long Street will begin Spring 2012; an exact date for the
closure has not yet been determined.
will be at least 14 days advance notification of that closure and signage
erected to help motorists and the public get to Long Street while it is closed.
Can I still get
to the Columbus Airport?
Yes. I-670 in
both directions is open, just with fewer lanes in and around downtown. You can
still get to and from the airport.
6. Why is there a lane from I-70 east to I-71
closed? Does this have anything to do with this project?
This lane closure is necessary to build a drainage
system that will eventually serve a longer stretch of I-71. This new system
features a micro tunnel, located approximately 30-feet below ground.
7. What can I personally do to ease traffic
the people stuck in traffic are local commuters, not out-of-towners. If each
person would leave his or her car at home just one day a week, traffic would
decrease by nearly 20 percent! We strongly encourage local drivers to consider
other travel options, including the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) and
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC) RideSolutions, or riding a bike
or walking to work.
can help by providing preferential parking for vanpoolers and carpoolers,
subsidizing transit passes, and providing bike-friendly work sites. They can
also encourage telecommuting and stagger shift times to help alleviate
bottlenecks during rush hour.
vehicles still able to access the interstate as needed?
Yes. There is
ongoing communication with emergency responders to ensure they have the
information they need to access crashes and area hospitals safely and quickly.
9. How will the actual construction affect my
neighbors and me?
construction is inconvenient. There will be some noise, dust and vibrations.
Kokosing, the Design Build Team contractor, will keep a clean work site to
minimize this, and we will work closely with the City of Columbus to be
respectful of the people who live and work in the area. Noise like back up
alarms on trucks can be annoying but are safety features that save lives and
are required by law to help ensure the safety of the construction workers.
10. Will you have to shut off water or
electricity during construction?
will be a few short utility service interruptions. The utility companies are
required to give you advance notice, and we will also keep you informed.
In the event of an unplanned interruption, the utility companies have communication
protocols they follow, and they will also communicate with the I-71/670
Communications Team so we will also be able to notify the media and post
updates on the project website.
11. Can you help us explain the project to our
employees and customers?
Please feel free to link your organization’s
website to the www.odot71670.org website. We would be happy to send you the project logo and other
graphics if you need these to feature the construction prominently on your
website or in other communication materials. We are also happy to brief your
organization in person. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.