Motorists traveling on Interstate 270 and U.S. Route 33 in Dublin should have less traffic restrictions to deal with by mid-December.

Motorists traveling on Interstate 270 and U.S. Route 33 in Dublin should have less traffic restrictions to deal with by mid-December.

Ohio Department of Transportation Officials said they expect to have all lanes, ramps and bridges open by Dec. 15 or sooner, said Nancy Burton, spokeswoman for ODOT District 6, which includes Franklin County.

The interchange project, however, will not be finished.

Burton said final paving, striping and landscaping will be completed in spring and summer of next year.

A ramp will open for drivers traveling southbound on I-270 to take them west on Route 33 toward Dublin, Burton said.

The ramp will be an exit for traffic taking Route 33 through Dublin toward Marysville; the existing ramp in the area will support traffic exiting Route 33 in Dublin.

Drivers traveling west on Route 33 to I-270 South will take a ramp-bridge going under Route 33 and over I-270 before merging onto I-270 South, Burton said.

"It's a pretty big structure," she said of the ramp-bridge.

The reconfiguration allows drivers to merge more safely without competing with other traffic, Burton said.

Burton said the project will be quieter during the winter, and she doesn't expect many lane restrictions.

The area will still be considered a construction zone, and reduced speed limit zones in construction areas -- 45 mph on Route 33 and 55 mph on I-270 -- will still be in effect.

Construction on the $68 million project began in spring 2015.

Dublin Engineering Manager of Transportation Jeannie Willis said the interchange project eliminates the weaving traffic that was occurring on Route 33 and I-270 and will result in significantly reduced congestion that is already being seen on Route 33 between Avery-Muirfield Drive and I-270.

Drivers who had to detour to gain access to southbound I-270 from westbound Route 33 will be able to access I-270 more efficiently, Willis said.

Additionally, the dedicated ramp for through traffic on Route 33 westbound will separate Avery-Muirfield Drive traffic from Marysville traffic and eliminate traffic backup on I-270, Willis said.

"This is fantastic news for Dublin drivers," she said.

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