Third Street ramp to I-70 east to close permanently Monday

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COLUMBUS – Columbus drivers know things have been a little dicey on I-70 through downtown but a new change may require some to take a new route altogether.

Starting Monday, November 25, the ramp from Third Street to eastbound I-70 will close permanently.

According to a press release from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the reason for the closure is that by the end of the project, I-70 east will be on top of the interchange downtown, rather than on the bottom, as it is now.

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The Third Street exit has to close in order to rebuild the roadway and to make room for a new exit ramp from I-70 east to Parsons Avenue.

ODOT reports that that new ramp will replace the 18th Street exit ramp, which will also permanently close in December.

By 2021 there will be a new ramp connecting downtown to the east side from Fulton Street to I-70 east.

In the meantime, drivers will need to use a detour.

From German Village:

  • Livingston Avenue to Kelton Avenue to I-70 east
  • Livingston Avenue to Alum Creek Drive to I-70 east

From the Brewery District:

  • High Street to Greenlawn Avenue to I-71 north to I-70 east

From Olde Towne East:

  • Main Street to Miller Avenue to I-70 east
  • Main Street to Alum Creek Drive to I-70 east

From the Arena District:

  • Spring Street to US-33 to SR-315 south to I-70 east
  • Spring Street to Neil Avenue to I-670 east to I-71 south to I-70 east

Learn more about the construction at I-70 and I-71 downtown by clicking here.

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