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I-270/23 construction officially begins

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Ohio Department of Transportation director Jerry Wray speaks during the Sept. 10 groundbreaking ceremony for the long-awaited construction project at Interstate 270 and U.S. Route 23.

As officials tossed the ceremonial dirt at the groundbreaking on Tuesday morning, Sept. 10, Worthington City Council member Bonnie Michael pinched herself.

“I’m so exicted, it’s going to be a reality after all of these years,” she said.

It, of course, is the long-awaited improvements to the interchange at Interstate 270 and U.S. Route 23, at the northern entrance to the city of Worthington.

Construction will begin Monday morning, Sept. 16, on the three-year project that will eliminate the dangerous crossover patterns on I-270 and widen Route 23 to improve the flow of northbound traffic.

“This is one of the busiest interchanges in Ohio,” Jerry Wray, director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, said during the groundbreaking ceremony.

The $72 million project is scheduled to be complete in 2016.

Read the full story in the Sept. 12 edition of ThisWeek.