ODOT Unveils New Street and Bridge Designs, Changes to 70/71 Split Plans
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and their partners provided a wealth of information about the Interstate 70-71 split project to attendees of a March 19th public meeting. New designs were unveiled showing caps on the South High and South Third Street Bridges, and new renderings gave a better idea of what the Long and Spring Street bridges will look like when they are completed this summer.
Chris Hermann of local firm MKSK (who worked with GPD Group on the new bridge and streetscape designs), said that the goal was to respond to neighborhood feedback received during the many public meetings about the project.
“All these designs were really driven from the community,” he said. “The big message was to focus on the bridges and to use them to improve connectivity, improve bike and pedestrian access and to hide the freeway.”
He added that all of the new intersections will have brick crosswalks with concrete intersections – a signal to drivers that they will be encountering bikes and walkers – and that all of the bridges will feature decorative lighting, wide sidewalks and extensive landscaping. The new collector streets and nearly all of the new bridges will feature bike lanes.
New renderings released for the Phase Three bridges – Broad, Oak and Town Streets – show a number of refinements and pedestrian-level improvements over the previous design, which was released over two years ago. Phase Three of the project is currently scheduled by ODOT for funding in 2023.
Also presented at the meeting were new plans for the West Interchange portion of the project, also known as Phase Six. ODOT brought on consultant Burgess and Niple to simplify the plans and lessen the impact on the Franklinton neighborhood. The new plans show fewer buildings being torn down, although some highway access to the neighborhood will be lost.
For more on the proposed caps on High and Third Streets, CLICK HERE.
For more on the new Spring Street Bridge and Long Street Cultural Wall, CLICK HERE.
For ongoing discussion on the 70/71 Project, CLICK HERE to visit our Messageboard.
All renderings provided by MKSK Design / ODOT.