“There is no better place to be than right here in Ohio, and these new projects will help us keep our infrastructure in a good state of repair,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Everyone in our state benefits from safe roads, and I am looking forward to seeing the end results of this year’s roadway improvement projects.”
This construction season is not all about building new roads. About 95 cents of every dollar is being invested back into preserving existing roads and bridges.
“These investments are made possible by hard-working Ohioans who use these roads and bridges every day to get to work, school, medical appointments, and family vacations. It is our duty to ensure the resources entrusted to us are used wisely,” said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks.
In the central Ohio region, construction will commence on 128 projects for an investment of $985 million, which includes both new projects and ongoing work. This year’s construction program includes 15 safety projects aimed directly at reducing serious or deadly crashes in central Ohio. It also includes 31 bridge projects, 52 pavement projects, and seven major reconstruction projects across the region.
Notable new projects include:
- Expansion of the U.S. 36/SR 37 “Point” under the railroad in Delaware
- SR 161 widening between I-270 and U.S. 62 in northeast Franklin County
- Thornwood Crossing bridge expansion in Licking County
- I-270/U.S. 23 interchange reconfiguration in southern Franklin County
- Expansion of the I-70/SR 29 interchange in Madison County including construction of a roundabout at the eastbound ramps
- SR 209 bridge replacement south of U.S. 22/40 in Guernsey County
- I-71 widening between the Franklin County Line and SR 56 in Madison County
In addition to new projects starting, drivers will continue to see progress at the Interstate 70/71 split in downtown Columbus, at the I-70/270 interchange on the East Side, and at SR 161 and Post Road in Dublin. East of Columbus, work will continue on I-70 in Zanesville and on SR 16 in Coshocton. Dual roundabouts at the U.S. 22/SR 159/ Delmont Road intersection in Fairfield County are expected to open by the end of the year.