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I-70/I-71 Downtown Ramp Up Update
I-70/I-71 Downtown Ramp Up Update

WEEK OF MAY 16, 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 I-71 southbound ramp to I-70 westbound will close overnight (11 p.m. - 5 a.m.) on Monday, May 16.  
    • Detour: I-670 westbound to SR 315 southbound to I-71 southbound
  • The I-71 southbound ramp to Main St. will close overnight (8 p.m. - 5 a.m.) on Monday, May 16.  
    • Detour: I-71 southbound to I-70 eastbound to Miller/Kelton Ave. to Kelton Ave. northbound.
  • I-70 westbound between Miller/Kelton Ave. and I-71 will have overnight lane restrictions (11 p.m. - 5 a.m.) on Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18. 
  • The I-71 southbound ramp to I-70 eastbound will reduce to one lane nightly (10 p.m. - 5 a.m.) starting Monday, May 16 through Thursday, May 19. 
  • I-71 southbound between Broad St. and Main St. will have nightly lane restrictions (10 p.m. - 5 a.m.) starting Monday, May 16 through Thursday, May 19. 

CONTINUING IMPACTS

  • 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
  • The Broad St. ramp to I-71 southbound closed in July 2020 until Summer 2022. 
  • Broad St. is reduced to two lanes westbound and one lane eastbound on the bridge over Interstate 71. Traffic is shifted to the new south half of the bridge so crews can demolish and rebuild the north half. This traffic pattern on Broad St. will remain in effect until Summer 2022. 

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.