Columbus Crossroads Phase I: I-71/670 Project. Hotline 877-381-7071 odot71670.org
11/14/2013
First Came South, Now It’s Time for the North
No Civil War Re-enactment just opening northbound lanes and ramps.
 
This weekend, crews on the I-71/670 Columbus Crossroads Project will reach another milestone as lanes and ramps for I-71 north are opened. To do that, crews will remove thousands of concrete barrier and orange barrels; install new highway signs and thousands of lane lines.
 
Last weekend, all southbound lanes and ramps were opened. View last week's Traffic Advisory for full details on that milestone!
 
Two years ago when construction started on the largest ODOT project in Central Ohio, a promise was made that all highway lanes and ramps would be open before Thanksgiving 2013. By Monday, November 18, motorists will be travelling on 22 new bridges, 29 retaining walls, new ramps and travel lanes on I-71 and I-670.
 
Here is a look at what will happen this weekend in order to meet the project deadline.  
 
Friday Night, November 15 to Monday Morning, November 18 (I-71 north
·       At 8 p.m., the following ramps will close:
-       I-71 north to I-670 east will close
-       Main St. to I-71 north
-       Miller-Kelton to I-70 west.
·       At 9 p.m., the ramps from I-70 west and I-70 east to I-71 north will close. The detour is SR 315 north to I-670 east to Leonard Ave. to I-670 west to I-71 north.
·       By 5 a.m. Monday, all ramps and lanes will be reopened.
 
Friday Night, November 15 to Sunday Morning, November 17
·       At 10 p.m., the right lane of Broad St. westbound will be closed at the bridge over I-71.
·       By 5 a.m., all lanes on Broad St. will be open.  
 
Friday Night, November 15 to Saturday Morning, November 16
·       At 8:30 p.m., the ramp from State Route 315 south to I-70 east will close to install new overhead signs.
·       By 6 a.m. Saturday morning, the ramp will be open.
 
Friday Night, November 15 to Saturday Morning, November 16
Saturday Night, November 16 to Sunday Morning, November 17
·       At 8 p.m., the ramp from I-670 east to Cleveland Ave. will close so it can be re-striped. THIS IS THE EXIT RAMP.
·       By 5 a.m., Saturday, the ramp will reopen.
·       At 4 p.m. Saturday, the ramp from I-670 east to Cleveland Ave. will close for restriping.
·       By 5 a.m. Sunday, the ramp will reopen.  
SATURDAY November 16 
·       At 5 a.m., the ramp from Cleveland Ave. to I-670 east, I-71 north, & I-71 south will close. THIS IS THE ENTRANCE RAMP. The exit ramp from I-670 east to I-71 north will remain open.
·       By 8 p.m., the ramp will be open.
 
Saturday Night, November 16 to Sunday Morning, November 17
·       At 4 p.m., the ramp from Jack Gibbs Blvd. to I-670 west will close. Traffic will be detoured to Cleveland Ave. to 5th Ave. to I-670 west.
·       By 5 a.m. Sunday, the ramp will be open.
 
 
By Monday morning, drivers will be using new ramps, and traffic patterns will be different. The most significant change will be the new tunnel, which motorists will have to use in order to get to both directions of I-670 from I-70 and I-71.
 
The graphic below will help motorists travel safely through the new I-71 north I-670 travel movements (click image for a Printable PDF).
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