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First-of-its-kind ODOT project to bring relief to major east side roadway

Do you live, work or travel to John Glenn International Airport along I-670? Find out how ODOT is hoping to cut back on the amount of time you sit in traffic.

One of our busiest roadways on the east side is about to see some relief.

ODOT is unveiling the SmartLane project, a first of its kind for the State of Ohio.

The SmartLane is a pretty basic concept. It’s an extra lane open only during high traffic times to give drivers a little relief.

Once completed next year, the $58 million project will rebuild the shoulder of eastbound I-670 from I-71 to I-270.

For drivers who live, work or travel to John Glenn International Airport off I-670, the SmartLane will be available from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Overhead message boards will also be installed every three quarters of a mile alerting drivers to incidents such as accidents or disabled cars and slower speeds.

ODOT will also build two new ramp bridges to lead I-670 eastbound traffic to I-270 and I-270 traffic through the Easton area.

While construction starts this week, weather-permitting, the estimated completion date is in 2019.

For the time being, ODOT will maintain traffic in the area throughout the process, utilizing evenings and weekends when congestion on the roadway is lower.

For those people who have affected property along I-270, ODOT will reach out for comments on whether noise walls should be constructed.

SmartLane project schedule:

Summer 2018: Construction begins on the SmartLane and I-670 resurfacing
Winter 2018-2019: Interchange improvements begin at I-670/270
Summer 2019: Cameras and overhead signs installed
Fall 2019: Interchange project complete and SmartLane fully operational
*Please note: Dates are estimates


Tune in to 10TV starting at 5 p.m. to hear more about the SmarLane project from ODOT crews themselves.
For more information on the project, click here.