The Ohio Department of Transportation's ongoing North Side Fix project has changed the traffic patterns again on and near U.S. Route 23.

The Ohio Department of Transportation's ongoing North Side Fix project has changed the traffic patterns again on and near U.S. Route 23.

In order to connect tie-ins to the main portion of Route 23 and the trench, ODOT shut off right-turn access to Dimensions Drive, currently the first right turn on Route 23 north of Interstate 270.

Access will be reopened after the work has been completed, probably August, by ODOT's estimates.

"We've done as much as we can while keeping traffic on (Dimensions Drive)," ODOT spokeswoman Nancy Burton said. "Now the time has come where we have to close that little (part)."

Burton called the move "a natural progression of the phases" of the project.

Although Dimensions is inaccessible from the turn, ODOT is instructing drivers to turn onto East Campus View Boulevard, where drivers heading southbound on Route 23 normally would turn.

Burton said she hopes everyone is aware that the businesses on Dimensions remain accessible.

"I think the most important thing for us is that drivers are aware that you can still get to those businesses and can still access Dimensions," she said. "You just have to take a different street. It's more of trying to educate people that everything is still open there, but we're just closing this turn movement. It doesn't mean everything is closed on the other side."

More upsetting for most people has been the pothole situation on Route 23, Burton said.

"The pavement wasn't in great shape before we started," she said. "There's so much traffic, and we've had heavy equipment. ... It's a busy construction zone coupled with winter and old pavement that we're replacing. So it's been kind of the perfect storm for potholes."

As the weather improves, she said, the road will continue to be smoothed.

"The (filling) mixture that's hot adheres to the holes much better, but sometimes with the weather, we've had to use the cold mix," she said. "That just doesn't work. We're lucky if that lasts eight hours. So we've had to go over and over and over some of the same spots. I know folks are frustrated."