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New $134 Million I-270/Rt. 161 Interchange Opens

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$134 million for this interchange is fine, but $80 million for streetcars is controversial?

The Columbus Dispatch wrote After 3 1/2 years of work, the I-270/Rt. 161 interchange is about to open, tunnel and all

Sunday, October 21, 2007

By Tim Doulin

At 55 mph, it will take about five seconds to zip through the 440-foot tunnel that will carry traffic from Rt. 161 westbound to I-270 southbound.

The tunnel, however, took about 3½ years to construct and is just part of a $134 million project to rebuild the Rt. 161 interchanges at I-270 and Sunbury Road.

The highway project is one of the most expensive ever initiated in central Ohio, and the tunnel is the first of its kind in the area, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The redone interchanges include 18 ramps, 17 bridges and 5 miles of highway that will open to motorists in phases over the next several weeks. The tunnel could open this week, weather permitting.


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