ODOT Construction Season Begins
Updated: Wednesday, April 10 2013, 07:59 PM EDT
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) says it's about to begin its largest, most aggressive construction season yet.
Nearly 1,000 projects statewide, costing more than two billion dollars were announced.
ODOT's Ferzan Ahmed says starting this July, the "North Side Fix" will be underway.
"It's going to be great for industry, for people coming from Dublin to Worthington to Columbus," he said. "From Toledo to Columbus."
The two year plus project will widen US 23 from four lanes to six, including two northbound express lanes, and will stretch from I-270 to Lazelle Road in Delaware County.
Also look for even more big changes on Columbus' west side.
The Roberts Road bridge over I-270 will be shut down for at least 100 days; in its place a diverging diamond interchange, which Ahmed says, "is the first of its kind in Ohio."
"It creates a more efficient way of people crossing a bridge and functionality on an interchange."
The big daddy of them all: the Columbus Crossroads Project in downtown Columbus at I-71 and I-670 should finally wrap up a year from September. It's wrapping up phase one now, with phase two to begin shortly.
Another big project is the the Rickenbacker Intermodal Connector, which links the Norfolk Southern Intermodal Terminal at Rickenbacker all the way to US 23 to the west.
ODOT says the top three causes of work zone crashes are following too closely, failure to control and improper lane change.
Drivers are urged to give workers a "brake" in work zone areas.
Reporter: Terri Sullivan
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