Day 4 focuses on Interstate 76 west, the Columbus Beltway, and completing Interstate 71 in Kentucky among other roads.
Ohio 711 was completed on October 24, 2005 after three years of construction. The 3.35-mile state route links Interstate 80 and Ohio 11 with Interstate 680. For years ramp stubs sat unused at Interstate 80 and Ohio 711 existed as a short spur from Interstate 680 (Exit 3A) to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
The number of Interstate 680 originated from the Ohio Turnpike as Interstate 80N. A wye interchange provides only westbound access to the urban loop from Interstate 76 at the south end.
Ohio 241 was shifted from its Massillion Road alignment to Seiberling Street north and Martha Avenue west to end at Ohio 18 (Market Street) adjacent to Exit 25 in 2009.
Interstate 277 travels 4.14 miles west to Interstate 76 and was completed by 1970.
A $70.4-million project wrapped up on August 4, 2010 to widen Interstate 71 to six lanes surrounding Interstate 76 and concurrently modify the interchange connections. What was originally a trumpet interchange to trumpet interchange connection was expanded to include two new ramps and two modified ramps. Westbound Interstate 76 gained a new ramp to Interstate 71 north (Exit 1B) in the process.
A major resurfacing project commences west of this junction and southward to Exit 17. Project studies at Ohio 315 involve a potential upgrade of the interchange to include two new directional ramps (the two Ohio 315 ramps to Interstate 270).
Much of the final portion of Interstate 670 westward to Interstate 70 parallels the Scioto and the urban loop was the last to be completed in Ohio, opening fully in 2003.
Interstate 670 yields several ramps ahead with Interstate 71 and U.S. 40. Additionally the freeway splits into separate roadways for the eastbound and westbound mainline between North 4th Street and Interstate 71.
ODOT’s I-70 I_71 South Innerbelt Corridor Study addresses congestion and design elements with the urban freeway.
The two carriageways of the freeway separate between Exit 13 and Ohio 126 (Exit 10). Commuter congestion results from the Exit 13 c/d roadway merge, the on-ramp from Ohio 126 east, and the on-ramp from Ohio 4.
A joint study between ODOT and KYTC remains underway to address congestion and capacity issues with the overwhelmed Brent Spence Bridge. Potential construction is still years away however.
Expansion of the Exit 57 off-ramp from Interstate 71 south occurred in 2004. These improvements were completed to improve access to the Kentucky Speedway nearby.
Eventually it will become a part of seamless Interstate 265 with Indiana’s section. Known as the East End Bridge, the new Ohio River crossing will carry six lanes. The construction time table remains uncertain. More information is available at The Ohio River Bridges Project of Kentucky and Indiana.