COLUMBUS, Ohio – Help is on the way for drivers in downtown Columbus, Ohio, at the I-70/I-71 split – a highly congested area comprised of overlapping merges both entering and leaving the downtown area. Identified by the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Highway Safety Program as a High Crash Location, ODOT has implemented a six-phase project to completely rebuild and improve the split.
Built in the 1960s to accommodate 125,000 average vehicles per day, the interchange now regularly carries 175,000 vehicles per day. Burgess & Niple (B&N) was selected to lead the design of Phase 3 of the project, referred to as the East Trench. As part of the East Trench phase, which currently is underway, B&N is redesigning highway lanes, bridges and roadways.
“With the design of this highly visible and complex project, we have an opportunity to improve safety and reduce congestion for thousands of motorists, while also enhancing downtown neighborhoods,” noted B&N Project Manager Jeff Griffin, PE.
B&N recently started work on the East Trench design project with construction scheduled for 2015.