COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Transportation is asking commuters on the city’s west side to plan their routes for Monday morning after new traffic patterns were installed over the Fourth of July weekend.
Officials worked quickly to open two lanes of Interstate 70 east following a tanker fire that caused $1 million in damage on July 1, but road repairs are expected to take place for another month.
After the Hilliard-Rome Road entrance ,ramp but before the ramp to I-270 southbound, two lanes of I-70 east will cross over to the west bound side to travel over I-270 and then cross back over before Wilson Road. Both east and westbound I-70 traffic will be on the westbound side separated by concrete barrier.
The speed for both directions of I-70 through the crossover is 45 MPH. Signs are posted.
The new traffic pattern also means several ramps will be closed for the next month. Below is an explanation of the closure and posted detour during construction, provided by ODOT:
- Ramp from I-270 south to I-70 east
Detour: I-270 south to I-71 north or continue on I-270 to I-70 east
- Ramp from I-270 north to I-70 west
Detour: I-270 north to Roberts Road, continuous left turn onto Roberts Road west and continuous left turn onto the ramp to I-270 south. Take I-270 south to I-70 west.
- Ramp from I-70 east to I-270 north
Detour: I-70 east to Wilson Road to I-70 west to I-270 north.
- Roberts Road west to I-270 south
Detour: Roberts Road westbound to Hilliard-Rome Road southbound to I-70 east to I-270 south.