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Melanie Crabill
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Kevin Kilbane
Director of Communications
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Media Advisory
News Date: July 08, 2021

City of Columbus Awarded $25 Million Federal Grant for Columbus Crossroads Project

The City of Columbus will receive $25 million from the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program to support Phase 4 of the Columbus Crossroads Project, a $1.3 billion undertaking to replace aging freeways and bridges, alleviate traffic congestion, reduce safety risks and reconnect neighborhoods at the intersection and overlap of Interstates 70 and 71 in downtown Columbus.

“I am grateful to our partners at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) – as well as Senator Brown, Senator Portman, Congresswoman Beatty and Congressman Balderson – for helping to make this federal grant possible," said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “Columbus Crossroads is transforming roadway quality and safety in ways that benefit residents, visitors and commerce, and I look forward to seeing its impact grow as we make additional progress and further revitalize infrastructure at the heart of our city.”

“Rebuilding American infrastructure will put Ohioans to work on projects like this one,” said U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. “We can create jobs building the roads, transit and broadband systems that will support our 21st-century economy. I look forward to continuing to work with the Biden-Harris administration to put Ohioans to work creating an infrastructure system that will be the envy of the world once again.”

“I am proud to have worked closely with Senator Brown and Mayor Ginther to help secure $25 million for Columbus Crossroads,” said U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty. “This transformational project will help to further revitalize the downtown Columbus area, spur greater investment in surrounding communities and restore connections to the Southside. Talk about a win-win for my constituents and our vibrant economy.”

Phase 4 of the Columbus Crossroads Project will reconnect downtown with Southside neighborhoods by expanding and improving three overpass bridges along High, Third and Fourth Streets. Bridge caps with on-street parking, public art, green space and/or commercial development will complement the High Street and Third Street bridges. Other components include reconstructing portions of eastbound and westbound I-70 and northbound I-71 through the I-70/I-71/SR 315 West interchange, and adding a through lane for eastbound and westbound traffic in the I-70/I-71 overlap.

The freeways within the Columbus Crossroads Project are critical to the National Primary Highway Freight System, and represent 6% of the Columbus freeway network. Within the Phase 4 project area alone, the I-70/I-71 overlap supports, on average, 145,169 vehicles each day, exceeding intended daily capacity by 50,000 vehicles. In 2015, this location was included among the top 10 freeway crash locations in the state of Ohio. Planned improvements, once complete, are designed to eliminate 95% of current eastbound lane changes through enhanced infrastructure. 

The city, ODOT and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission have already invested nearly $648 million in the project.