Ohio State & SR-315 traffic to change day after commencement

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Big changes are coming to SR-315 drivers around the Ohio State University campus.

  • Beginning May 7 and continuing through mid-August 2018, the northbound SR-315 exit ramp to Medical Center Dr. and King Ave. will be closed. Motorists may use Goodale St. to Neil Ave. or Lane Ave. to Olentangy River Rd.
  • Beginning June 11 and continuing through late November 2018, the entrance ramp to southbound SR-315 at Cannon Dr. and 12th Ave. will be closed. Motorists may use Neil Ave. to exit this area of campus.

Detour signs will be posted. Dates are weather dependent and subject to change. These closures support the Cannon Drive Relocation project. Additional details and project updates will be shared on the Cannon Drive web page.

It is not a coincidence that the ramp closures come Monday after the university’s 2018 spring commencement. 10TV spoke with Dan Hedman, director of marketing and communications. University officials aim to impact as few people as possible by scheduling the ramp closure from SR-315 to Medical Center Dr. and King Ave. during the summer months.

While the entrance ramp to SR-315 from Cannon Dr. and 12th Ave. will close in June and remain closed through a portion of November, the overlap in closures will shorten the period of time 12th Ave. remains closed in the long run, Hedman explained.

The project will straighten and elevate Cannon Drive, supporting future growth of the university and the Medical Center, according to the Ohio State University website. It will do that by:

  • Creating 12 acres of developable land
  • Serving as future flood protection
  • Creating an eventual north-south connection between King and Lane Avenues
  • Enhancing green space in the Olentangy River corridor

One of the main goals, according to Hedman, is to limit traffic in the area to allow patients and visitors easier access to campus during construction.

Students and staff inconvenienced by the changes have the option to use the Campus Area Bus Service (CABS) for free.

The MedCenter Express provides 3-minute pickup intervals during peak hours (shift changes) with direct service to the Herrick Drive Transit Hub.