Final phase of north side I-270, U.S. 23 construction to begin

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)- Construction on the last phase of the north side fix is about to get underway.

The Ohio Department of Transportation will reconfigure Interstate 270 between State Route 315 and U.S. 23. Ramps connecting S.R. 315 and U.S. 23 will be reconfigured to alleviate merging traffic that causes daily backups on this stretch of road.

The phase of the “North Side Mega Fix”, as ODOT calls it, will cost $70.2 million. This phase of the project is expected to be complete by 2017.

Congressman Pat Tiberi says fixing the S.R. 315 and U.S. 23 merge on I-270 is about improving safety. He says this is a dangerous stretch of road that requires cars to weave in and out lanes to reach their destinations.

State Representative Mike Duffey says this project was slated to be complete in 2025 originally. He credits the governor and ODOT for reprioritizing and speeding up projects that impact population centers in central Ohio.

Ohio House Transportation Subcommittee Chair, Cheryl Grossman, adds that it is important to invest in Ohio roads and infrastructure. She says she is very pleased with the ODOT project timetables.

Columbus driver Ally Jones said she is well aware of the area on I-270 where cars merge both left and write between S.R. 315 and U.S. 23.

Angelo Mosco says navigating this stretch requires patience.  He explains, “You definitely have to go on a defensive mode there is no doubt about it. You have to be cautious about that whole intersection exchange.”

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