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Construction on Columbia Parkway, Wooster Pike and other roads could inconvenience commuters on the East Side

East Side drivers can expect heavy construction on portions of US 50 this year.

Ohio Department of Transportation contractors began work Monday on a nearly $15 million, multi-phase bridge repair and renewal project on Cincinnati’s east side. Construction will impact Columbia Parkway and Wooster Pike, which are part of US 50, as well as roads in Terrace Park.

The questioner has spoken Kathleen Fullerspokesperson for ODOT, to determine everything you need to know about the upcoming construction project.

What is the construction?

The US 50 Bridge Rehabilitation and Resurfacing project includes four major components:

  • Rehabilitation of a bridge on Columbia Parkway, located over Red Bank Road. The renovation work includes replacing the bridge deck with reinforced concrete and replacing the expansion joints and rear walls.

  • Rehabilitation of a bridge on Columbia Parkway, located above the ramps to Red Bank Road. The renovation work also includes replacing the bridge deck with reinforced concrete and replacing the expansion joints and rear walls.

  • Repaving from immediately west of the bridges to Settle Road, also known as Belmont Street, in Fairfax. This includes portions of Columbia Parkway and Wooster Pike.

  • Repaving between corporate boundaries in Terrace Park.

A screenshot from the OHGO website shows the current construction area on Columbia Parkway.  Construction will be expanded next year.

A screenshot from the OHGO website shows the current construction area on Columbia Parkway. Construction will be expanded next year.

How will construction affect my commute?

The bridge work will have the greatest impact. The portion of US 50 under construction will likely be limited to one lane in each direction for the rest of the year. Currently, the eastbound left lane and westbound left lane are closed.

Fuller said she doesn’t expect total closures on US 50. There will be intermittent closures on the ramps to Red Bank Road, located under the second bridge.

Is US 50 in Cincinnati safe?

The bridge construction on US 50 is necessary for the bridges to meet mandatory design standards.

“Design standards are changed and upgraded periodically… So if something was built, say, 50, 60 years ago, it’s not going to meet today’s standards,” Fuller said. “It doesn’t mean it’s flawed or that we have any dangers with it.”

“It’s still safe,” she said. “It just doesn’t meet today’s standards.”

When will construction be finished?

The bridge work is expected to be completed this year, Fuller said. She adds that paving work on U.S. 50, on Columbia Parkway and Wooster Pike, and in Terrace Park likely won’t happen until next year. She says the overall project will be completed by October 2025.

This article originally appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer: ODOT: US 50 in Cincinnati undergoes rehabilitation project