When motorists of the future enter Worthington from I-270 or U.S. Route 23 to the north, they will know they have arrived.

When motorists of the future enter Worthington from I-270 or U.S. Route 23 to the north, they will know they have arrived.

Signature Worthington design features such as the city logo, the block letters from the familiar letterhead, red brick, and the Old Worthington-style light poles will be part of the package of improvements when the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) builds a new I-270/Route 23 interchange.

Now scheduled for construction beginning in 2014, the $125-million project will include new ramps designed to handle more traffic efficiently and safely, removing the many weaving and merging movements that cause traffic accidents.

In 2007, ODOT officials met with Worthington City Council and agreed to consider its input on the aesthetic features of the interchange; pedestrian access; and green space.

Edsall & Associates designed the features, which were presented to the Worthington Municipal Planning Commission on July 22. The Commission voted to send the designs to Worthington City Council with a recommendation for approval.

If approved, the new Route 23 bridge over the outerbelt will feature a 400-foot-long, black vinyl cyclone fence with "Worthington" in block letters that can be read from one-fourth mile away.

Four 12-foot tall brick piers will stand at the entrance to the bridge on Route 23. Each will have a limestone cap and the Worthington logo embedded in a limestone panel.

The piers will be uplighted.

Light poles similar to those in Old Worthington will line the bridge.

A pedestrian walkway will be on the east side of the bridge, veering right over the northeast ramp, then turning back left and heading north.

A bicycle lane will be included on the main bridge.

Retaining walls which will be built on the northeast and southwest quadrants will be red brick with the Worthington logo in black on sections of lighter colored concrete.

The package presented last week also included a design for the Linworth Road bridge, which will be built next year.

The Linworth bridge is not in the city of Worthington.

The plans show tubular steel fencing along the overpass; light poles similar to those at the Route 23 interchange; a bicycle lane; and walkways on both sides of the bridge.