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West Third Avenue Street, Roadway and Water Line Improvements

Posted on April 19, 2018 at 9:03 AM by Laura Oldham

Third Avenue ImprovementsUpdate from April 19, 2018

The 3-week full closure of Third Ave related to the CSX railroad bridge widening is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 9 a.m. The closure will be in place for no more than three weeks.

The new Third Ave and Edgehill signal will be fully operational before the full closure of Third Ave begins.

Please see the images below or the PDF here to find the Third Ave detour that will be in place during the full closure.

Third Avenue Closure Westbound Detour
Third Avenue Closure Westbound Detour

Update from January 10, 2018

The signal at Fifth Avenue and Edgehill should be operating within the month. A signal at Third Avenue and Bobcat Avenue will take a few months to be in operations. Pedestrians and cyclists must avoid the construction site unless there is some provision for safe access over the course of the year.


Update from January 8, 2018

On Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, weather dependent, eastbound Third Avenue will be detoured at Northwest Boulevard, except for local business traffic. The detour is expected to be in place for the rest of the year because of railroad bridge construction nearby.

The detour is as follows:

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

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

Local business access will remain open on Third Avenue up to Yard Street. Business access on Third Avenue east of Yard Street shall follow the posted detour.


Update from November 22, 2016


The City of Columbus shared the following message regarding the beginning of the construction on West 3rd Avenue between Edgehill Road and the 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 will begin Nov. 28, 2016, and end in autumn 2017, subject to weather conditions.

Work starting Nov. 28:

  • Contractor will lay conduit on 3rd Avenue, which is expected to take two weeks, subject to weather conditions.  
  • No lane closures or detours will be needed. Traffic will be maintained by flaggers. PLEASE SLOW DOWN AND FOLLOW FLAGGERS’ DIRECTIONS.  
  • Work will stop once the conduit is finished then resume Jan. 2, 2017.  
  • Work in 2017 will require lane closures and/or detours, details of which are still being finalized. More details will follow in the coming weeks. 
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
  • Install new traffic signal 
  • Build sidewalk, ADA curb ramps and bike path connections to Bobcat Avenue 
Edgehill Road & 5th Avenue intersection
  • Install new traffic signal 
  • Build curbs, ADA curb ramps and sidewalks 

Update from July 25, 2016

The contractor will be setting the pavers for the Third Ave crosswalk in front of the high school. Third Ave will be opened as soon as it's all restored. 

For a full PDF of the project, please click here.

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