The Ohio Department of Transportation is ready to reopen a Worthington-area portion of the Olentangy Trail, but only temporarily.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is ready to reopen a Worthington-area portion of the Olentangy Trail, but only temporarily.

Due to North Side Mega Fix-related work, ODOT had closed a piece of the trail between the north and south sides of Interstate 270 in August of 2015. According to ODOT spokeswoman Nancy Burton, the trail had to be closed during construction of a new series of bridges for the intersection of I-270 and state Route 315.

To give cyclists another path, ODOT put together an alternate route that began at Clubview Boulevard South and connected back with the trail on Wilson Bridge Road.

Now, after more than a year of work, the trail is ready to reopen.

Burton said the trail has moved slightly, "but not significantly," and should largely look familiar to those using the path.

The biggest difference for the area will be the bridges themselves, which Burton called "a big part" of the already huge project.

One bridge had to create a path for U.S. Route 23 drivers heading east on I-270, creating a separate lane. Another is for southbound traffic on Route 315 coming from Hard Road to the north. The final bridge is for northbound Route 315 traffic.

Burton said other factors necessitated the closure as well.

"Part of the trail had to close to facilitate construction, coupled with environmental regulations and standards that did not allow us to work in the water except at certain times," she said.

"We needed to secure the bridge and support the structure with piers that are constructed in the water."

But Olentangy Trail users will be able to enjoy the path for less than a year.

Next August, the same section of the trail will be closed for about two months. During that time, ODOT is expected to finish construction of the bridges.

For more information, visit dot.ohio.gov.

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