COLUMBUS, Ohio – Anyone who has driven on the roads around central Ohio knows it has been a busy year for construction crews.
10TV talked with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) about what projects were accomplished and what's to come in 2020.
Some of the biggest projects included:
I-70 AT I-71
Drivers have a new traffic pattern. The ramp from Third Street to I-70 east was closed permanently.
Work continues through 2020 because by 2021, drivers will see a new solution with an exit ramp from Fulton Street to I-70 east.
In the next year, drivers will see a project to widen and reconstruct I-71 from Broad Street to Long Street. That project will also replace the Broad Street bridge.
Along with that, work will continue on I-70 east to replace the Front Street bridge.
THE SOUTH SIDE MEGA FIX
Drivers will see continued work on the South Side Mega Fix.
By 2020, there will be an extra lane in each direction of I-71 between Stringtown Road and I-70, a revamped I-270/I-71 interchange and a new southbound ramp to Stringtown Road.
I-70 WORK IN MADISON COUNTY
The I-70 work doesn’t stop downtown. Madison County drivers are used to the orange barrels, as lane restrictions became the norm over the last year.
THE SMARTLANE PROJECT
But what might be the biggest traffic headline of 2019, was the work on the SmartLane Project, which officially wrapped up in the fall.
Using new technology to track drive times, ODOT is now able to determine when to open that extra left lane on I-670 east to help ease up the drive during times of heavy traffic.
I-71 AT I-270 ON THE NORTH SIDE
As for new projects, the next year will bring more orange barrels to the north side of town.
To keep up with a growing population and increased traffic volumes, ODOT plans to widen I-71 south between Polaris-Gemini Parkway and the ramp to I-270 west.
Crews will also widen that ramp from I-71 south to I-270 west to two lanes and construct an opening in the barrier wall for Gemini traffic to get to I-71 south sooner.
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