Why is I-71/670 being rebuilt?
1. Why is I-71/670 being re-constructed?
of I-71/670 is the first phase of a much larger transportation project that
will g, improve safety, relieve congestion, and reconnect local communities and
neighborhoods. Once complete, improving the I-70/71 corridor will have a
profound impact on central Ohio’s economy and mobility for local families and
businesses seeking to create jobs and move goods from the factory floor to the
I-71/670 project includes 1.8-miles of interstate, 22 new bridges and 28 new
retaining walls. It also begins the creation of two new urban avenues, Lester Drive
and Elijah Pierce Boulevard, which will improve local traffic access to the
interstate and better connect neighborhoods in the City of Columbus.
2. How many crashes are there in this area? Why?
There is an average of 500 crashes a year in the I-71/670 project area
because there are too many vehicles and too many exit and entrance ramps within
a short distance. Those conditions are not safe and lead to crashes.
approximately 137,000 vehicles that travel through the I-71/670 corridor every
day. When built in the 1960’s, the roadway was built to handle just half that
3. What is the status of the other projects on
Projects 2 and 3 are currently
being designed. Project 2 will
replace the existing I-70/71 east interchange. Project three will fix the
stretch of I-71 between the I-70/71 interchange and I-670 interchange. Future
projects on I-70/71 to the east and west will follow after that. However, the Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) recently
announced a severe shortage in funds compared with the number of worthwhile transportation
projects around the state. While the I-71/670 project is fully funded and will
not be affected by this announcement, future construction phases of the Columbus Crossroads project will likely be postponed for several years unless funding becomes available.
4. What type of safety improvements can we
expect when the I-71/670 project is complete?
An additional lane will be added for I-670
east through traffic, which will help reduce the weaving and merging that can
lead to crashes. There is also an additional lane in both directions on I-71.
On bridges there are wider sidewalks and improved lighting which improves
5. What other types of aesthetic improvements
can we expect when construction is completed?
adding aesthetic enhancements on all bridges as well as pedestrian friendly
urban avenues, which will improve neighborhood connections. The project also
features a one-of-a kind “cultural wall” that will reflect the history and
character of the Bronzeville area, as well as new public green space on the Long
St. Bridge. Our design to date has been improved because of your public input
and our partnership with the City of Columbus and the Mid-Ohio Regional
This is a
‘Design-Build’ project. What does that mean?
In April 2011, ODOT awarded the contract to the Kokosing Construction
Company/CH2M Hill Team to design and re-construct the I-71/670 interchange, one
of Ohio’s largest “Design-Build” highway construction projects.
This innovative contracting approach combines engineering design and
construction into a single contract, allowing ODOT to improve operational
efficiency and save time and money. For example, this project will be completed
in 37 months, nearly six months ahead of schedule. It also enables the Design
Build Team to offer innovative, cost-saving ideas. One such idea will reduce
the closure needed to rebuild the Long Street Bridge from six months to just
one week. ODOT estimates savings at $41 million over the original $241 million
the reconstruction of I-71/670 be completed?
three-year project begins fall, 2011 and is scheduled for completion in 2014.