(Posted Feb. 12, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 6 is gearing up for a major improvement project on I-71 in southeastern Madison County.
The district has secured $40 million in state gas tax funds for total reconstruction of I-71 from State Route 56 to the Franklin/Pickaway county line and the addition of a third lane. The district hopes to secure another $50 million to do the same from Route 56 south to State Route 323.
“They would like to do it as one project if possible, but if not, they will go ahead with the first section–from 56 to the Franklin/Pickaway line–with a July 2022 construction start,” reported Bryan Dhume, Madison County engineer.
ODOT has been adding lanes on I-71 south from Columbus. This project would be a progression of that work.
“They really need the additional capacity in that section of highway,” Dhume said.
Over the last two years, ODOT has spent $60 million on reconstruction work on I-70 in Madison County. The allocation of substantial funding to the county continues with the upcoming I-71 project.
“I’m just happy to see them investing money into the system that we all know needs it,” said Dhume.
Dhume attended a District 6 work plan meeting on Feb. 12 where he received updates on not only the I-71 project, but also other ODOT projects in progress and on the horizon for Madison County. They include:
• 2021—resurfacing of State Route 56 through the city of London;
• 2021–resurfacing of I-71 between State Route 41 to State Route 323;
• 2021–reconstruction of the State Route 29 bridge over I-70;
• 2022–construction of a roundabout at state routes 29 and 38; and
• 2023–resurfacing of State Route 41 in South Solon south to the county line.