When did construction begin? When will it be completed?
Construction began in September 2013. The completion date is Fall 2016, but the trench is expected to be open in Fall 2015.
Where does construction start and end?
This project’s limits are US 23 from Wilson Bridge Road to Lazelle Road, including the ramps at I-270 and US 23, as well as some work on I-270 between SR 315 and I-71.
Why is ODOT doing this project? What’s in it for me?
This project is part of a larger plan to improve the I-270/US 23/SR 315 interchanges. This phase of the North Side Fix will improve traffic flow and safety at the I-270/US 23 interchange. It will also add lanes on US 23, increasing capacity, and enhancing the interchange. Specifically, the trench, which is being built below the surface roads of US 23 will accommodate two new express lanes for US 23 traffic northbound traffic headed to Delaware and beyond.
Why build a trench that’s below ground and not a bridge or something else?
Businesses, residents and other property owners at the interchange did not want a ramp or bridge that would conceal the view. There are some historical properties as well as businesses in the area that wanted to ensure they were visible from as many routes as possible.
Why a trench for northbound traffic and not for US 23 south?
One of the primary goals of the project is to clear the persistent backups on I-270 by getting traffic through and away from the interchange on High Street as efficiently as possible. The northbound express lanes (the trench) are an innovative, but costly way of achieving this goal. Many of the most serious crashes in the area are caused by high-speed interstate traffic unexpectedly coming up on stopped traffic at the interchange.
In the southbound direction, traffic is already encountering signals and drivers should be expected to stop at some point in the corridor. The crashes are not nearly as severe.
However, we are increasing the capacity of southbound US-23 by adding a lane starting at Lazelle Road. Traffic will also flow much smoother in the southbound direction because of the new ramp configuration at 270 that will split off traffic wishing to use 315 without having to enter 270 first. These measures will greatly reduce congestion and crashes in the southbound direction.We did consider trench construction in the southbound direction, but found that it introduced a different set of problems that were not an issue for the northbound direction.
First, is the issue of how to “exit” the trench. Traffic coming up from a trench between Campus View and the interchange will immediately have to change lanes in order to get to 270, 315 or continue on to Worthington, which will create many conflicts and crashes. Also, this would have increased the overall width of the roadway, resulting in the need for property that would have resulted in relocating three residences, and increased impact to the church, golf course and Pontifical College.
When is the contractor allowed to work?
The contractor is permitted to work both days and nights as well as weekends.
Can the contractor work during rush hour?
The contractor cannot close additional lanes during rush hour, however, it is still a work zone. There will be narrowed lanes, construction activity and barrier walls so your commute time will increase.
Will any of the ramps at I-270 be closed?
There will be no long-term ramp closures. Any closures that do occur will happen during overnight hours.
With construction in the area, how much longer will it take me to get to and from work?
You may need to give yourself extra time, but how much time depends on the direction and time you are traveling. To be safe, ODOT suggests motorists allow twice as much time for their commute.
Will there be sidewalks on US 23 after the project is complete?
Yes, when the project is finished, there will be sidewalks along the east side of US 23 from Wilson Bridge Road to Flint Road and then on both sides of the road between Flint Road and Lazelle Road.
Will the SR 315 and I-270 interchange be affected?
This interchange will not be directly affected during Project 1. The next project, which begins in Summer 2015, will reconfigure the I-270 east and SR 315 interchange.
Will the SR 315 and US 23 intersection be affected?
The intersection of SR 315 and US 23 in Delaware County will not be impacted by this project.
What will the traffic impact to downtown (Old) Worthington be?
There will be no direct impact to traffic in Old Worthington from this project. It is possible that Old Worthington will experience an increase in traffic from motorists using alternate routes to get around the interchange.
Can I get to the movies and the restaurants in the Crosswoods Plaza?
Yes, you can. However, it may take you longer.
How much longer?
It depends on the time and the day of the week. You should seriously consider using alternate routes to get to the Crosswoods Plaza, such as Sancus Blvd.
How do I get to Sancus Blvd. without using US 23?
Will I make my tee time at the York Country Club?
You can make your tee time, but allow extra time. You can no longer turn onto York Temple from US 23. You will have to turn onto W. Campus View Blvd. and use the new York Temple Drive to the left.
I live at the Central Park Apartments off of Radio City Blvd. How do I get home?
From US 23 north, turn right on Dimension Dr. (south of E. Campus View Blvd.), left on High Cross Blvd., right on E. Campus View Blvd. and left on Crosswoods Dr.
From US 23 south, continue past Radio City and turn left at E. Campus View Blvd. and left on Crosswoods Dr.
I live at The Woods at the Josephinium. How do I get home?
There are no impacts if you are headed south on US 23. If you are coming from the south on US 23 north, there are no left turns at Campus View Blvd. Drivers should take Dimension Drive to High Cross Blvd. to E. Campus View Blvd. and then go straight across through the intersection.
What has ODOT done to ease congestion issues during construction?
There are multiple projects along alternate routes that were completed in 2013. These projects increased storage capacity to help keep traffic moving along the alternate routes. These projects include:
ODOT is also working with local municipalities to coordinate traffic signals within a five-mile radius of the construction zone. Finally, restricting turn movements within the construction zone will reduce delays and keep traffic moving through the construction zone.
When will construction begin? How long will it last?
Construction will begin the summer of 2015. It’s expected to be complete in Fall 2017.
Why is this project happening now? Where did the money come from?
ODOT received additional funding from the federal government because other states were not able to use all of their federal funds.
Why is ODOT doing this project?
This project is the second part of a larger plan to improve the I-270/US 23/SR 315 interchanges. The North Side Fix will improve traffic flow and safety at the I-270/SR 315 interchange by reducing the weaving and merging which results in less “jockeying” for position. There will be two new bridges built to get SR 315 south traffic to I-270 east and US 23. The other bridge will be for SR 315 north traffic exiting at US 23 as well as trying to access I-270. There will also be an additional lane constructed on I-270 east that is a designated exit lane for US 23.
What’s the impact to the Olentangy Trail?
Part of the Olentangy Trail will have to close for 9 to 12 months while ODOT constructs three new bridges over the trail. Heavy equipment will be stored on the trail to allow the contractor to build the new bridges and construct piers in the Olentangy River to support those bridges. After the new bridges are built, ODOT will reconstruct the portion of the trail that’s underneath I-270 and SR 315. Please visit the “What Are We Doing” page for more detailed information.