Worthington News

'North Side Fix'

Late-night drives should get easier starting Aug. 16


Late-night traffic flow should be back to normal this weekend following a week of construction on Interstate 270 medians, a partial demolition of the U.S. Route 23 bridge and roadwork on Route 23 south of Campus View Boulevard.

With the reconstruction of the I-270/U.S. 23 interchange in full swing, motorists should beware of changing lane closures and detours. Up-to-date information is available on the project website: 270-23.com.

Over the past week, lanes were reduced to three on I-270 between I-71 and state Route 315, beginning at 7 p.m. daily, for median work.

At 9 p.m., traffic was reduced to two lanes daily. At 11 p.m., traffic was reduced to one lane in each direction.

All lanes were reopened at 5 a.m.

Construction crews took advantage of the late-night traffic slowdown to demolish part of the bridge over I-270. The bridge is being demolished and rebuilt in stages.

This stage of replacement was scheduled to be completed  Saturday, Aug. 16, but some work is expected to occur Monday night.

When the project is completed, the new bridge is expected to be the gateway to Worthington.

A decorative metal fence with "Worthington" on it will greet motorists traveling in either direction on the outerbelt.

The bridge itself will include brick pillars on each end. The Worthington logo will be inset on each pillar.

Retaining walls along each ramp also will be engraved with the city's logo.

The entire project is scheduled to be completed in 2016.