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South Old State Road Improvements (Orange Township & City of Columbus)


Construction Updates:

3-23-17: South Old State Road Work to Begin March 27

Road work on South Old State Road will begin on March 27 starting with storm sewer installation and utility construction, as part of a project that will widen Old State Road from Polaris Parkway to Orange Road to 2 lanes in each direction plus add dual left turn lanes at Polaris and sidewalks and paths along the road.


Two-way traffic will be maintained along Old State Road although short term delays will occur as construction vehicles will be operating in and near the travel lanes. Motorists should consider alternate routes including US 23 or Worthington Road via Polaris Parkway.


January 2016: Project Update

The Delaware County Enginer's Office continues to work with The City of Columbus and The Ohio Department of Transportation on this important infrastructure upgrade.  The final construction plans are complete and this office is actively working with affected property owners to acquire the additional rights of way and coordinate the needed utility relocations.


A brief schedule is as follows:


Right of way acquired:                    Sept 2016

Utility Relocation                             October 2016 to May 2017

Bidding:                                            Dec 2016-Jan2017

Contract Award:                              Feb 2017

Estimated Construction Start         March 2017

Estimated Construction Finish       June 2018


The construction plans may be viewed here:      11x17 Plans



We have had many inquires over the past few months regarding the future noise wall along the west side of South Old State Road south of Gladshire Blvd.  The image below is a rendering of what the proposed wall would look like once constructed.


Noise Wall



November 28, 2011: Project Announcement

After careful consideration of numerous public comments and in collaboration with the City of Columbus, Alternative 3 has been selected as the preferred alternative.


The South Old State Road Improvements will include construction of an additional lane in each direction on Old State Road from Wynstone Drive (0.1 miles south of Polaris Parkway) to Abbey Knoll Drive (0.1 miles north of Orange Road) and additional turn lanes at Polaris Parkway and Orange Road. The project will also provide a shared use path and sidewalks for bicyclists and pedestrians.  Construction is anticipated in 2016-18.


You can find more information about the project, including maps and other exhibits for the project alternatives at


June 24, 2011: Public Notice

The Delaware County Engineer is conducting a study that will identify improvements that may be needed along the South Old State Road corridor to improve safety and congestion and to provide for the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists. A public meeting to share project information and seek public input is scheduled for Wednesday July 20, 2011.


Wednesday July 20, 2011
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Orange Township Hall
1680 East Orange Road, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035


There will be no formal presentation at this meeting. The open house format will allow interested persons to review the study details at their own pace and to talk to representatives from the County Engineer office and URS. The County Engineer invites written comments at the meeting or through the project website at


Project Location:

The project limits extend from Wynstone Drive (south of Polaris Parkway) to Abbey Knoll Drive (north of Orange Road).



Project Background:

Traffic on South Old State Road has increased nearly two-fold in the last 10 years with significant growth in residential and commercial areas along the corridor.  Safety has become a serious problem, particularly in the section from Polaris Parkway to Orange Road.  From 2006-2009, there were nearly 300 crashes.  The crash rate was more than 250% of the statewide average for similar roads.


In addition to vehicular safety and mobility concerns, pedestrian and bicycle facilities are limited along South Old State Road.  Isolated segments of sidewalk and bike paths have been built, but there is poor connectivity with existing sidewalks and bike paths nearby.


The purpose of the project is to improve safety along South Old State Road from just south of Polaris Parkway to north of Orange Road by reducing crashes.  Other important goals are to improve mobility by enhancing pedestrian and bicycle transportation, promoting community connectivity and accommodating transit.


Project Schedule:

Preliminary engineering will take place in 2011 to 2012.  Purchasing the necessary right of way will be done in 2015. Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2016 and be completed in 2017.


Estimated Cost:

$22 million total project cost.  $16.8 million dollars will be provided through the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's allocation of federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) funding.


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