Design and Construction

Contact Information Department of Public Service
111 N. Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Office :  (614) 645-3111 
Fax :  (614) 645-7805 
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3rd Avenue between Edgehill Road and fire station

The city of Columbus is continuing its initiative to improve the public infrastructure on West 3rd Avenue between Olentangy River Road and Edgehill Road. The project will facilitate traffic flow, improve safety and provide pedestrian and bicyclist accommodations. Construction on the final phase began December 5, 2016, and the majority of work is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2019, subject to weather conditions.  Landscaping to occur in the Spring of 2020.

Ongoing Work as of September 26, 2019:
The Contractor is currently preparing to switch railroad traffic to the new bridge which is scheduled to occur on October 14th, 2019.  Once train traffic has been shifted from the temporary railroad structure onto the new permanent railroad structure, a (3) week full closure of 3rd Avenue will be implemented and the Contractor will continue the construction of 3rd Avenue and Rail Street.   Eastbound Third Avenue continues to be detoured.  Third Avenue is scheduled to be back open to (2) way traffic after the (3) week full closure on November 8, 2019.  Follow the link below for additional detour information:

Eastbound Third Avenue Detour information

Westbound Third Avenue Detour information (May 6th, 2019 thru June 3rd, 2019)

Primary Detour: Westbound traffic shall be detoured at Olentangy River Road North to W. Fifth Avenue, then west to Northwest Boulevard, and finally south back to W. Third Avenue,  OR Olentangy River Road South to Goodale Boulevard, then West to Northwest Boulevard, and finally north back to W. Third Avenue.

Secondary Detour: Westbound traffic shall be detoured at Olentangy River Road North to W. 5th Avenue, then West to Edgehill Road, and finally south back to W. Third Avenue, OR  Olentangy River Road South to Goodale Boulevard, then west to Bobcat Avenue, and finally north back to W. Third Avenue.

Improvements include:

3rd Avenue, approximately 375 feet west and 400 feet east of the CSX railroad bridge

Widen and reconstruct roadway
Construct a new two-span railroad bridge
Build curbs, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps (ADA), sidewalks and shared-use path
Upgrade street lights, signs and underground cables for traffic signals
Plant street trees and landscaping

Rail Street between 3rd Avenue and 300 feet south of 3rd Avenue
Construct new roadway
Build curbs, ADA curb ramps and sidewalks
Upgrade street lights and signs

Edgehill Road& 3rd Avenue intersection (COMPLETED IN 2018)
Install new traffic signal
Build sidewalk, ADA curb ramps and bike path connections to Bobcat Avenue

Edgehill Road& 5th Avenue intersection (COMPLETED IN 2018)
Install new traffic signal
Build curbs, ADA curb ramps and sidewalks

Estimated schedule:
Construction: Start November 2016 and finish December 2019, subject to weather conditions

Contact information:
City of Columbus construction project manager:  Phillip P. Sekela, P.E., tel. (614) 645-6530
Designer: EMH&T
Construction contractor: Complete General Construction Co.