Roads close downtown as construction starts on I-70, I-71 corridor


Construction on the next phase of improvements for the downtown Interstate 70/71 corridor in Columbus is set to begin this week.

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, the first project will be adding a wider and longer bridge at Grant Avenue, and improving Mound Street and Fulton Avenue.

ODOT said the improvements to Mound Street will happen between 4th Street and High Street, and include granite curbs, brick crosswalks, decorative signals, lighting and landscaping. Fulton will be widened and converted to one-way for eastbound traffic only, from 4th to Grant Avenue. From Grant to Engler, Fulton will be two lanes for both directions of traffic.

On Monday, July 17, Fulton Street will be closed between 4th Street and Engler for six months (until roughly January 2018). One way eastbound traffic will be maintained from 5th Street to Grant. Fulton will be open in both directions between Grant and the School Facility Drive. The detours are:

  • Westbound Fulton traffic use 5th to Mound to 3rd.
  • Eastbound Fulton traffic use 4th to Main Street to 5th.

The $41 million revamp is slated to be completed by Fall/Winter of 2018.

You can see the year-by-year plan by ODOT in the picture below.