18th Street Bridge Demolition To Temporarily Close Parts Of I-70 This Weekend

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The 18th Street Bridge will come down Friday so crews can begin construction on a new bridge over Interstate 70 in Columbus.

Replacing the bridge is one part of the $28 million project to build a new bridge to carry westbound I-70 over the I-71 interchange and onto Mound Street.

The bridge will be replaced in two waves. While traffic is maintained on the southbound side, contractor Complete General Construction will tear down the northbound side of the bridge and rebuild it.

Once the northbound side is rebuilt, southbound traffic will be rerouted to the new side of the bridge so construction crews can rebuild the other side.


Here is the latest information from ODOT on the weekend closures of I-70:



Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, February 21, here is what will be closed:

-  Two lanes of I-70 West. Motorists will be forced to exit to I-71 North.

- The ramp from I-71 South to I-70 East will also close. The detour is I-670 East to I-270.

At 11 p.m., all lanes of I-70 west are closed including the ramp from I-70 west to I-71 north.

The following entrance ramps are also closed:

  • Miller-Kelton
  • Alum Creek
  • Livingston Ave
  • US 33

I-70 west will be closed between I-270 and I-71. The posted detour is I-270 North to I-670 West to I-71 South to I-70 West.

Also at 11 p.m., I-70 East will close along with the ramp from Third St. to I-70 East. The detour is Livingston Ave. to I-70 East.



Beginning at 8 a.m., here’s what will be open:

The ramp from I-70 West to I-71 North and the right lane of I-70 West.

At noon, all lanes of I-70 West are open and all ramps.

At 6 p.m., all lanes of I-70 East are open along with the ramps from I-71 South to I-70 East and Third St. to I-70 East.