COLUMBUS, Ohio - The first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) in the state of Ohio recently was recognized with two top awards from the Central Ohio Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE).
Burgess & Niple (B&N) designed the DDI, which received the ASHE Central Ohio Outstanding Highway Project 2013 Award for a project exceeding $3 million in construction costs. The project also received the Peer’s Choice Award, which was determined by meeting attendees who selected their favorite project from the seven projects presented.
Designed for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the new DDI replaced a problematic interchange that was plagued with design deficiencies and a high frequency of congestion-related crashes. This innovative and cost effective roadway solution was designed to improve safety, reduce crashes and ease congestion. Located at I-270 and Roberts Road in Columbus, upon opening, it was only the 23rd DDI in the United States and the first to include dedicated bike lanes.
Since its completion in 2013, the DDI project has received four awards. The project also received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio and the Innovative Transportation Solutions Award from the Columbus chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS).