Good news! According to Fox 28, ODOT announced Thursday that, weather permitting, all lanes of I-270 east between I-71 and US 23 on the south side will be open by Sunday morning. That means four lanes of 270 in each direction in time for the Thanksgiving travel rush.
With the new design and four lanes, ODOT says traffic coming from US 23 will have its own designated lane to access 270, eliminating the problem of drivers having to merge with traffic on 270.
All four lanes for westbound travel were opened last weekend.
ODOT broke down how traffic will be impacted in order to open the eastbound lanes:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22
At 6:30 p.m., I-270 east will be reduced to one lane between US 23 and I-71.
The following ramps will also close:
• I-71 north and south to I-270 east
Detour: I-71 north or south to I-270 west to US 62 to I-270 east
• US 23 north and south to I-270 east
Detour: US 23 north or south to I-270 west to US 62 to I-270 east
• I-270 east to US 23 north and south
Detour: I-270 east to Alum Creek Drive to I-270 west to US 23 north or south
By 6 a.m. Sunday, I-270 will be four lanes in each direction and all ramps will re-open, including the ramp from US 23 south to I-270 east, which has been closed for a year.
The $26 million project to widen I-270 from two to four lanes started in the Spring of 2013.
Even though all lanes are open, crews will be back in Spring to put the final layer of asphalt down on the lanes and complete the project.