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The Split

The Interstate 70/71 intersection (commonly known as “The Split”) is a heavily traveled highway section that converges in Downtown Columbus. A redevelopment project has been in the works for several years and reconstruction is under way as of September 2011. More information on the project can be found online at buckeyetraffic.org/7071.

Broad Street Ramps to Close, Future Phase of 70/71 Project Delayed

Brent Warren Brent Warren Broad Street Ramps to Close, Future Phase of 70/71 Project Delayed

Two ramps that connect I-71 to Broad Street Downtown will close permanently on April 9 – the I-71 South exit to Broad Street and the Broad Street onramp to I-71 North. The other two Broad Street ramps are due to close later in the year. All of the closing will be permanent, part of the […]

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Mound Street Connector Set to Open, 4th Street Exit From I-70 to Close

Brent Warren Brent Warren Mound Street Connector Set to Open, 4th Street Exit From I-70 to Close

Travelers approaching Columbus from the east on I-70 will have a new way of entering Downtown starting on November 8th. The Mound Street Connector, which includes a large “fly-over” exit ramp that takes cars over Parsons Avenue and I-71, opens for business on the 8th. The current 4th Street exit from I-70 west will close permanently […]

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18th Street Bridge to Come Down as 70/71 Split Work Continues

Brent Warren Brent Warren 18th Street Bridge to Come Down as 70/71 Split Work Continues

Work is set to begin soon on the demolition and replacement of the 18th Street Bridge near Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Starting February 10th, the bridge will be open for southbound traffic only –  northbound traffic will be directed to Livingston Avenue and then over to Parsons Avenue. The work is part of the $28 million […]

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Design Digest: MKSK

Brent Warren Brent Warren Design Digest: MKSK

Local firm MKSK has played a key role in some of the most transformational projects in downtown Columbus – from the Arena District, to the Scioto Mile and Audubon Metro Park, to the Downtown Strategic Plan. Principal Chris Hermann was kind enough to share with us some fascinating back story on these projects, as well […]

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Work Begins on Mound Street Connector, Next Phase of 70/71 Split

Brent Warren Brent Warren Work Begins on Mound Street Connector, Next Phase of 70/71 Split

Construction began this past weekend on the Mound Street Connector, the latest phase in the multi-year Interstate 70-71 split project. According to ODOT, parts of I-70 west from the Miller-Kelton exit to 4th Street were closed overnight from Sunday through Thursday while crews install signs and concrete barriers along that stretch of the intersection, although the lanes […]

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Long Street Bridge Demolition Almost Complete

Brent Warren Brent Warren Long Street Bridge Demolition Almost Complete

Demolition of the Long Street bridge over I-71 should be completed by the end of the week, according to ODOT. The demo work started in April of last year, when half of the bridge was taken down and work began on construction of the new bridge. That new section is now open for traffic, allowing […]

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ODOT Seeks Feedback on Downtown Bridge and Street Designs

Walker Evans Walker Evans ODOT Seeks Feedback on Downtown Bridge and Street Designs

The Ohio Department of Transportation held a public meeting on January 19th to solicit feedback on the designs for Phases 2 and 3 of of the Downtown highway split fix. While the build out of these phases was recently pushed back due to funding, the design work is still being completed, and feed back is […]

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