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I-70/I-71 Downtown Ramp Up Update

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 25, 2022

All outlined work is weather permitting. Visit OHGO.com for travel updates or follow the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 6 on Facebook or Twitter for current construction information on the Downtown Ramp Up project.


Interstates 70/71 Reconstruction – I-70/71 will experience lane restrictions through downtown Columbus to widen and reconstruct the roadway, replace bridges over the interstate, rebuild ramps, and construct new urban avenues parallel to the interstate. Various downtown ramps will permanently close. Estimated completion: Fall 2025

For more information about the Downtown Ramp Up project please visit ohgo.com/7071.


NEW IMPACTS

  • The Rich/Town St. ramp to SR 315 southbound will close overnight (7 p.m. - 5 a.m.) on Thursday, September 29. 
    • Detour: SR 315 northbound to U.S. 33 to SR 315 southbound
  • The SR 315 southbound ramp to I-70 westbound will close overnight (7 p.m. - 5 a.m.) on Thursday, September 29. 
    • Detour: I-70 eastbound to Livingston Ave. to 4th St. to Mound St. to 3rd St. to I-70 westbound. 
  • The I-71 northbound ramp to I-70 westbound will close overnight (9 p.m. - 5 a.m.) on Thursday, September 29. 
    • Detour: I-70 eastbound to Livingston Ave. to 4th St. to Mound St. to 3rd St. to I-70 westbound. 
  • The I-70 westbound ramp to W. Mound St. will close overnight (10 p.m. - 5 a.m.) on Thursday, September 29.
    • Detour: I-70 westbound to Broad St. eastbound to Central Ave. to southbound to Mound St. 
  • The I-70 westbound ramp to Central/Sullivant Ave. will close overnight (10 p.m. - 5 a.m.) on Thursday, September 29. 
    • Detour: I-70 westbound to Broad St. eastbound to Central Ave. southbound. 
  • I-70 westbound between SR 315 and Broad St. will have overnight lane restrictions (9 p.m. - 5 a.m.) on Thursday, September 29. 
  • Beginning October 10th, Front St. will convert to two-way traffic between W. Mound St. and W. Fulton St./Livingston Ave. 

CONTINUING IMPACTS

  • Souder Ave. between Mound St. and Thomas Ave. closed starting June 20, 2022 for one year.  
    • Southbound detour: Davis Ave. northbound to Sullivant Ave. westbound to Glenwood Ave. southbound to Mound St. eastbound
    • Northbound detour: Mound St. westbound to Glenwood Ave. northbound to Sullivant Ave. eastbound. 
  • The I-70 eastbound exit ramp to Front St. closed permanently June 17, 2022 so crews can construct a new exit ramp. The detour is I-70 east to Livingston Ave. to N. 4th St. to W. Mound St. to High St. or Front St. To access the Franklin County Court House parking garage on Front St., drivers should follow the detour to southbound High St. and continue to Sycamore St. to northbound Front St.
  • W. Fulton St. closed permanently June 17, 2022 between Short St. and Ludlow St.
  • Livingston Ave. closed to through traffic at City Park Ave. on June 17, 2022 until Fall 2024. Traffic coming from the exit ramp will not be impacted.
  • The traffic pattern on the ramp from SR 315 south to I-70 east changed June 17. Instead of SR 315 south traffic remaining in its own lane to join I-70 east, traffic coming from SR 315 south will have to merge with I-70 east traffic. This pattern will be in effect for a little more than a year. 
  • The I-70 eastbound ramp to SR 315 northbound closed permanently March 20, 2022. Drivers coming from I-270 on the West Side should use I-670 east to access SR 315 north. Alternate routes include:
    • I-70 east to I-71 north to I-670 west to SR 315 north
    • Central Ave. to McKinley Ave to Grandview Ave. to I-670 east to SR 315 north
    • Rich/Town St. to SR 315 north

To help ensure the safety of the construction workers as well as the traveling public, motorists should remain alert, reduce their speed, and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zone. Remember, move over or slow down.