U.S. 23 trench scheduled to open Thursday

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The U.S. 23 trench will open to traffic on Thursday, weather permitting, according to ODOT.

The Ohio Department of Transportation says the new subterranean bypass lanes will be open before Thursday morning’s commute.

ODOT shared a video Saturday showing an animation of how the trench is supposed to work.

The trench is a part of ODOT’s North Side Fix project, which is intended to alleviate traffic in the Interstate 270, U.S. Route 23 and State Route 315 corridor in Columbus.

The trench will feature two northbound express lanes that begin just north of I-270 and end south of Lazelle Road. Using the trench allows drivers to bypass several busy intersections.

Construction on the trench began in 2013.

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