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Re: Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project
« Reply #270 on: October 16, 2012, 12:53:08 PM »
With the roads in screwy places we don't know which way we're facing all of a sudden. I mourn for the warp zone that you could use on 71N if you acted like you were getting on 670W but just stayed in the right lane on the road to the 670 ramp. You could floor it and pass tons of cars who instantly turned to rubes in your mind.

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Re: Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project
« Reply #271 on: January 26, 2013, 10:55:39 AM »
Posting an older Dispatch article about Kasich's Ohio Turnpike bond leverage idea that promises to generate additional revenue for ODOT.  The bond leverage idea has already been discussed in the Ohio Turnpike thread.  So I'm not looking to restart that discussion in this thread.  But the article talked about the potential impact the promised revenue might have on the I-70/I-71 reconstruction project.


Road legislation won’t be quick
By Joe Vardon, The Columbus Dispatch
Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 6:18 AM


Gov. John Kasich’s plan to generate $3 billion for state road projects, including $1.5 billion by new issuances of debt against the Ohio Turnpike, requires legislation that might not be introduced at the Statehouse until late January or later.  The required legislative action goes beyond changing Ohio law to enable turnpike revenue to be spent more than a mile from the toll road, and approval would be needed before the soon-to-be-revamped Ohio Turnpike Commission issues the new debt, said Kasich’s legislative director, Matt Carle, yesterday.
 
“In terms of legislation, we’ve identified bill sponsors already,” Carle said at a news conference with Kasich and others at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, near where construction of the I-70/71 interchange could be accelerated by Kasich’s turnpike-leverage plan.
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Reconstruction of the I-70/71 interchange is, as of now, delayed until 2020 because of a $1.6 billion deficit for state road projects identified by the Ohio Department of Transportation.  Kasich’s plan is expected to dramatically accelerate reconstruction — possibly back to the project’s original start date of 2014.  But when interchange construction begins is tied to when funding is available — which might not be until the turnpike commission’s transactions in the bond market are complete.

READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/12/15/road-legislation-wont-be-quick.html
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Re: Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project
« Reply #272 on: March 31, 2014, 08:45:01 PM »
An updated phasing timeline and map for the I-70/I-71 Split Project from http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/03/19/untangling-is-on-track.html

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Re: Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project
« Reply #273 on: April 01, 2014, 05:05:19 AM »
Check out this Historic Aerial of I-70/71 and OH 315 and see why that interchange is such a mess - and why it's going to be so expensive to reconstruct: http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?scale=2.42031396519242E-5&lat=39.9512014198079&lon=-83.0156204843206&year=T1967

The Mound Street bridge, which is I-70EB /71 NB dates to 1956-58 and was twinned circa 1975. SR 315's ramps were rebuilt in 1999 but not improved otherwise.

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Re: Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project
« Reply #274 on: July 20, 2014, 06:59:37 PM »
Thank god phase 1 is finally finished. The 10pm to 8am work schedule on weeknights was pretty killer for people who live immediately adjacent to this work site (me). :P

Photos of the grant opening of The Long Street Bridge: http://www.columbusunderground.com/long-street-cultural-wall-unveiled




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Re: Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project
« Reply #275 on: July 20, 2014, 07:24:50 PM »
Very cool. Not quite "The Cap" but MUCH better than what used to be there.
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Re: Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project
« Reply #276 on: March 23, 2015, 10:13:35 PM »
I was driving on 70 Westbound heading into downtown today and there is a new exit right at Nationwide Children's that is simply signed "Downtown" with no street name. I thought it was bizarre so I decided to get off and see where it led me. It is the Mound Street connector as seen a few posts above in the dispatch graphic. Just a very strange choice of signage.
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Re: Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project
« Reply #277 on: March 23, 2015, 11:16:25 PM »
It's the only DT exit on 70 west now so I guess "Downtown" it is.

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Re: Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project
« Reply #278 on: April 04, 2017, 06:03:58 PM »
New Grant Avenue Bridge Coming this Summer as 70/71 Work Starts Up Again

The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced a new timeline for the next five phases of its multi-year Interstate 70/71 split project.

Work will begin this summer on the first phase, which will include improvements to a stretch of Mound Street between High Street and Fourth Street (an extension of the Mound Street Connector that was completed in 2014), and a new bridge over I-70 at Grant Avenue.

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http://www.columbusunderground.com/new-grant-avenue-bridge-coming-this-summer-as-7071-work-starts-up-again-bw1

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Re: Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project
« Reply #279 on: July 18, 2017, 04:05:40 PM »
http://nbc4i.com/2017/07/16/major-construction-on-downtown-i-7071-corridor-begins-this-week/

According to ODOT, “The project will construct a new wider and longer bridge at Grant Avenue as well as improve Mound Street and Fulton Avenue.  The improvements to Mound Street will occur between 4th Street and High Street and includes granite curbs, brick crosswalks, decorative signals, lighting and landscaping.  Fulton Street will be one-way eastbound from 4th to Washington.”
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Re: Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project
« Reply #280 on: January 10, 2018, 12:30:28 PM »
The Grant Avenue Bridge closed yesterday to begin prep work for its replacement.  According to the below linked article, demolition of the existing bridge should begin near the end of January and the new Grant Avenue Bridge is expected to be completed by this Fall:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180105/grant-avenue-bridge-over-i-7071-closing-tuesday-for-demolition
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Re: Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project
« Reply #281 on: April 01, 2018, 03:50:21 PM »
The Grant Avenue Bridge closed yesterday to begin prep work for its replacement.  According to the below linked article, demolition of the existing bridge should begin near the end of January and the new Grant Avenue Bridge is expected to be completed by this Fall:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180105/grant-avenue-bridge-over-i-7071-closing-tuesday-for-demolition

Photo of the Grant Avenue Bridge after demolition from https://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-march-2018-pt1-we1

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Re: Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project
« Reply #282 on: April 01, 2018, 09:55:47 PM »
^"If you lived here, you'd be home by now"

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Re: Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project
« Reply #283 on: April 07, 2018, 01:40:17 AM »
^"If you lived here, you'd be home by now"
I don't live there, but I'm home as post this. :-P

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Re: Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project
« Reply #284 on: July 23, 2018, 01:14:59 PM »
Early July construction photo of the Grant Avenue Bridge replacement and other I-70/I-71 work along the southern edge of downtown from https://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-july-2018-edition-we1

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Re: Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project
« Reply #285 on: August 18, 2018, 02:11:06 PM »


https://www.10tv.com/article/major-construction-downtown-columbus-impact-traffic-weekend

http://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20180817/i-71-south-to-i-70-west-to-be-closed-this-weekend-for-paving-work

I-71 south through Downtown to westbound I-70 will close from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.  ODOT is closing the lanes from I-71 southbound to I-70 westbound so crews can build pavement as work continues on $41.8 million worth of work on the two interstates through Downtown that includes four new retaining walls and a new Grant Avenue bridge over the combined interstates on the southern edge of Downtown.
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Re: Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project
« Reply #286 on: August 30, 2018, 01:18:39 PM »
Very Stable Genius

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Re: Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project
« Reply #287 on: September 14, 2018, 04:03:55 PM »


http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180912/i-70-to-close-in-downtown-over-weekend

This weekend it's I-70's turn to close down for construction.  The Dispatch was non-specific as to what construction was requiring the weekend closure.  But the ODOT graphic included with the article shows the Grant Avenue bridge reconstruction featured prominently.  So maybe it's time for the steel to start spanning the split?
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Re: Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project
« Reply #288 on: September 18, 2018, 01:32:45 PM »
This weekend it's I-70's turn to close down for construction.  The Dispatch was non-specific as to what construction was requiring the weekend closure.  But the ODOT graphic included with the article shows the Grant Avenue bridge reconstruction featured prominently.  So maybe it's time for the steel to start spanning the split?

Some of the steel for the Grant Ave bridge was installed. Drove through yesterday and it appears to completely span the WB lanes but does not fully span the EB lanes yet.

ODOT says the new bridge is due to be open by December 31 (weather permitting, of course).