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City begins razing Town Street bridge
Business First of Columbus, March 16, 2009

Come August, Columbus’ nearly century-old Town Street bridge will be no more.

City officials on Monday began the demolition of the 90-year-old Columbus bridge, which stretches across the Scioto River. The bridge was shut down in July after state officials determined its structural condition warranted it be closed or closely monitored.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and other city officials gathered at the site at 9 a.m. Monday to begin the work, which will cost $838,000 and last about four months, said Mary Carran Webster, spokeswoman for the city’s public safety department.

Before the bridge shut down, it carried an estimated 9,850 vehicles and a thousand pedestrians every weekday. The Town Street bridge will be replaced by the Rich Street bridge, a $36.4 million concrete rib-arch structure set for completion in late 2011 or early 2012.

ODOT outlines more than $23 million in Ross County infrastructure projects
The Gazette, April 21, 2009

Investments by the Ohio Department of Transportation into Ross County infrastructure over the next two years top $23 million, with the biggest project being the $10 million Ohio 104 widening project.

ODOT officials met with local elected leaders Monday to discuss the upcoming construction season in District 9, which includes Adams, Brown, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties. Gary Cochenour, production administrator for District 9, said the Ohio 104 widening project is among five major new projects his district is working on.

"With the prisons out there and the VA (Medical Center), it can get quite congested," Cochenour said. "We started experiencing accidents during shift changes and a lot of congestion."

The project received $6.5 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the economic stimulus act, and the overall cost will be $10.3 million. Cochenour said the project received funding because it supports safety and development.

"It will be safer at four lanes and provide better access to (Ohio) 207, U.S. 23 and U.S. 35," Cochenour said. "It's also good for development in the area of Gateway industrial park."

The project will add two traffic lights, one at Moundsville Road to better serve Unioto Schools and another to serve Gateway industrial park. Pleasant Valley Road also will be re-routed.

Another major project is the installation of a pedestrian bridge across North High Street/Ohio 104. Work already has begun on the $1.19 million project, which will connect two sections of the tri-county trail. There is no light at the trail's crossing with Ohio 104 and pedestrians previously had to navigate across four lanes of traffic near the U.S. 35 off ramps.

ODOT officials said they expect to have the project completed by this fall and said Ohio 104 may have to be closed for a day or two this summer while the bridge structure is laid across the route.

Project: Ohio 104 Widening from Pleasant Valley and U.S. 35 to Ohio 207 bypass.
# Construction:July 2009 to September 2010
# Cost:$10.3 million, including $6.5 million in funds received through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Project: Bike Path Bridge across North High Street/ Ohio 104 at the city limit of Chillicothe.
# Construction:March to September 2009
# Cost:$1.19 million

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Hot Rod Hootenanny:

--- Quote from: ctsignguy on February 28, 2009, 12:40:52 PM ---
--- Quote from: catofdar on January 27, 2009, 12:35:37 AM ---They should reroute traffic along I-670 and close down the entire split...that's my idea with that one....

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the only problem with that idea is you would simply shift the congestion further east...along with a massive rebuilding of the I-270/670 split near the airport to take the I-70 through traffic PLUS massive rebuild of the east I-70-270 interchange to once again accommodate all the through traffic

if they decided to route 71 north up on Ohio 315, several exits would require massive reworking to meet Interstate standards (from OSU south to the West Split, 315 is almost like I-95 in Connecticut in exit density at one or two would have to close and reroute traffic to the remaining exits) then you have the issue of funnelling all that traffic back north tio I-71....

a prime example of how poor planning back in the day is coming back to bite citizens in the tuckous now!

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No, exit density along 315 is not a problem there.  That old section (from Spring-Sandusky to OSU) is just narrow with no shoulders.
315 sort got put together piece-mail between 1952 (first plans) and 1976 (last plans published).  It originally was to have pettered out at Third St, then it was to be extended to OSU, then finally up to I-270.  Beyond the innerbelt, there wasn't much thought about the Olentangy Freeway being an alternate to I-71 till after it's completion in 1982.

North of I-270, there's nowhere along OH-315 to even four-lane it, let alone create a freeway.  The road hugs all kinds of homes and the sort on the west and the Olentangy on the right.  If it were geographically possible, the thing needs four-laned in a big big way, but that's just not going to happen.

Hot Rod Hootenanny:

--- Quote from: exit322 on June 04, 2009, 11:44:17 AM ---North of I-270, there's nowhere along OH-315 to even four-lane it, let alone create a freeway.  The road hugs all kinds of homes and the sort on the west and the Olentangy on the right.  If it were geographically possible, the thing needs four-laned in a big big way, but that's just not going to happen.

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315/Olentangy River Rd has its roots as an old indian trail. Thats why it hugs the river in so many places between OSU and Delaware.  (I have an article about Oh 315 from the Delaware Gazette, 10-15 years ago, buried somewhere that talks about the history of that road)


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