Mayor Ginther, City and Neighborhood Leaders Break Ground to Rebuild Hudson Street
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther joined city and neighborhood leaders today to
formally kick off the reconstruction of Hudson Street between I-71 and
Cleveland Avenue. The city’s $19 million infrastructure investment to improve
the busy east-west connector street in Linden was identified by the community
as a catalytic project in the One Linden Community Plan.
“The City of Columbus is making a major capital investment to rebuild
Hudson Street in Linden to improve transportation for all users, and create
better and safer access to jobs, education, transit and other services in the
community,” Mayor Ginther said. “The project represents further advancement of
the ‘big ideas’ outlined in the One Linden Community Plan that the city, our
partners and the Linden community are implementing to revitalize and
reinvigorate this proud neighborhood.”
The Hudson roadway will be completely rebuilt, with a new waterline and
storm sewers installed. New sidewalk will be built along the north side and a
shared-use path added along the south side to support safe mobility and access
for pedestrians and bicyclists. Other planned improvements include new traffic
signals, streets lights and street trees, and improvements to the east leg of
the intersection at I-71 to serve as the gateway to Linden.
“The Department of Public Service is excited to kick off the
construction phase of rebuilding Hudson Street,” said Director Jennifer L.
Gallagher. “Our Design and Construction team has spent many, many months
completing the detailed planning and design work needed to prepare for
construction, and we look forward to delivering a brand new Hudson to Linden
that supports safe multimodal travel.”
Currently, construction is occurring on Hudson between Cleveland Avenue
and McGuffey Road, as crews install a new 24-inch waterline to replace the
existing 100-year-old line. The second phase of construction will occur between
McGuffey Road and I-71. Each phase is expected to take approximately one
construction season, and the new Hudson Street is projected to be fully open to
traffic in summer 2024.
Throughout construction, eastbound traffic on Hudson Street will be
maintained. Westbound traffic will be detoured to Weber Road. The Department of
Public Service has worked with the Central Ohio Transit Authority to relocate
westbound bus stops to Weber Road during construction.
The project improvements will enhance safety along the Hudson corridor,
which is on the Vision Zero Columbus High Injury Network due to the higher
density of fatal, serious injury and/or crashes involving vulnerable road user
like pedestrians and bicyclists that occur on it.