I-270, U.S. 33 Interchange In Dublin To Get Modern Makeover


UPDATED: Friday May 17, 2013 6:16 PM

Drivers can expect big changes over the next few years to an often congested area of Interstate 270 in Dublin.

City officials have a plan for construction on the 40-year-old ramps at the I-270 and U.S. Route 33 interchange.

City officials said the design will be the first of its kind in the state.

Officials hope to reduce crashes and congestion through the stretch of highway.

The interchange is ranked in the top 30 locations in the state for urban freeway crashes, based on the most current priority list from Ohio Department of Transportation.

The current design of the interchange is from the 1960s, when Dublin was a rural community.

In 2013, Dublin is home to more than 40,000 residents and 66,500 employees working at big businesses, including Cardinal Health, Nationwide Insurance and Dublin Methodist Hospital.

The plan is to eliminate the tight curves that drivers now have to navigate using the cloverleaf ramps.

In Phase 1, two of the four current ramps will be eliminated.

The northbound to westbound ramps of the I-270/U.S. 33 interchange will be rebuilt.

Drivers on eastbound U.S. 33 will travel up and over I-270, back down to ground level, and then under U.S. 33 before entering northbound I-270.

Westbound U.S. 33 traffic will make the converse movement to get on southbound I-270.

Phase 1 construction is anticipated to begin in 2014 and finish in 2016, if all funding is approved. The total cost for Phase 1 is $96.5 million.

Residents and drivers are encouraged to participate in the online public meeting about the project from May 17 to May 24.

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