I-70/71 Downtown Ramp Up: Phase 4R / 6R
Part 1: Phase 4R - Front St. Gateway
Reconstructs and adds a lane through the I-70 east/I-71 north overlap, constructs a new ramp from I-70 east to Fulton St. and replaces the Front St. bridge over I-70. Additional bridge work includes:
- Widening the I-70 bridge over Souder Road
- Replacing the I-70 bridge over Short Street
- Rehabilitating the I-70 bridges over SR 315
Part 1 of this project will also makes improvements to city streets including the reconstruction of Livingston Avenue between Front Street and High Street, which completes the conversion to two-way traffic. It will also convert Front Street to two-way traffic between Livingston Avenue and Mound Street, and reconstruct Fulton Street between Front Street and High Street.
Part 2: Phase 6R - West Interchange
Builds a new ramp from Mound St. to I-71 south including a new bridge over the Scioto River and SR 315 and a new bridge over Short St., reconstructs the existing ramp from Mound St. to I-70 west including a new bridge over Short St., reconstructs Mound St. between Front St. and the cul-de-sac, and adds a lane to the overlapped portion on I-70 west/I-71 south providing two continuous lanes of I-71 and I-70 through downtown Columbus.
Expected Impacts to Traffic
The following ramps will close permanently during construction of this phase:
- Loop ramp from I-70 east to SR 315
- Exit ramp from I-70 east to Front St.
- Exit ramp from I-70 east to Livingston Ave. (after new exit ramp to Fulton St. opens)
Additional impacts to traffic include:
- 1.5-year closure of Front St. over I-70
- 30-day closure of Livingston Ave. once Front St. re-opens
- Closure of Fulton St. between Short St. and Ludlow St.
Access to the Franklin County Courthouse During Construction
Alternative Routes when Exit Ramp to Front St. Closes
Alternate Routes during Front St. Bridge Closure
Birdseye View of Front St. Bridge
Pedestrian View of Front St. Bridge
Vehicle Level View of Front St. Bridge
Night View of Front St. Bridge
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