The Ohio Department of Transportation announced on Wednesday the roadwork projects that will begin this construction season.
ODOT officials call this construction season one of the most aggressive and largest construction seasons to date with projects totaling about $2.3 billion.
“It’s a big day for us,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “We’re kicking off construction season. It means orange barrels, dust, inconvenience and detours.”
Among the projects announced on Wednesday was continued roadwork on the Interstate 71 and I-670 Columbus Crossroads interchange project.
Three years of work to reconfigure and eventually relieve the congestion on the north end at I-270 and U.S. 23 also is on the books.
Daily lane closures are also scheduled for I-71 between Columbus and Cleveland as crews add an additional lane.
Other big projects include central Ohio’s first-ever diamond interchange at Roberts Road and I-270 on the west side and work near Rickenbacker to make it easier for trucks carrying goods in and out of the state.
ODOT officials said the work may be a pain for drivers, but it will be a good thing for the state of Ohio.
“That means improved safety, reduced congestion, jobs and commerce,” Wray said.
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