ODOT Partners With Cities to Open Franklin County Road

Wed January 14, 2009 - Midwest Edition

Through a partnership with the cities of Hilliard and Columbus, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) officially opened all lanes of the newly widened Hilliard-Rome Road this morning. The two mi. (3.2 km) section of road, between Roberts Road and Scioto Darby Road will improve safety for businesses, residents, motorists and pedestrians.

ODOT began construction on Hilliard-Rome Road in early 2007. The road was widened from two to five lanes with a center turn lane. ODOT also constructed new curbs, gutters, sidewalks and street lighting.

“The $13.3 million transportation investment not only serves the 24,000 vehicles that travel this section of Hilliard-Rome Road daily, but it demonstrates how partnerships can better connect workers to jobs, businesses to markets and people with loved ones and homes,” said ODOT District 6 Deputy Director Tom Wester.

Construction is still underway on the nearby Roberts Road widening project, which extends from Hilliard-Rome Road to I-270. ODOT and the city of Columbus are partnering on this $9 million project that will widen Roberts Road from two lanes to five. Expected completion on the Roberts Road project is summer 2009.