DELAWARE, Ohio - Rt. 315 already is a logjam, backing Delaware County commuters up at various stoplights and intersections as they try to travel to and from Columbus.
DELAWARE, Ohio — Rt. 315 already is a logjam, backing Delaware County commuters up at various stoplights and intersections as they try to travel to and from Columbus.
This week, county crews closed Rt. 315 at the W. Orange/Carriage roads intersection to add a roundabout. But with the Ohio Department of Transportation’s plans to revamp an intersection that’s just a bit south of there — at Rt. 750 — this fall, and to close part of Rt. 315 for up to four months while that’s done, the drive is going to get worse before it gets better.
Yesterday evening, traffic backed up for about a third of a mile just north of Orange Road, on Home Road at the stoplight at Rt. 23, the other main north-south thoroughfare between Delaware and Columbus.
Kristin Young, who lives in Lewis Center and works in Dublin, said she has gotten stuck at that light for about 20 minutes every day this week on her way home from work.
“It’s really bad,” Young said. “And I don’t understand the point of the roundabout. I just feel like with 315, with something that busy, it’s only going to slow things down more.”
Delaware County is adding the roundabout at Orange and Rt. 315 in hopes of alleviating problems with traffic flow. It should be finished by Aug. 29, the Delaware County engineer’s office said, but ODOT plans to leave the intersection closed, and to close Rt. 315 south of Home Road, to then repair a culvert.
Once the intersection at Orange Road reopens, ODOT will then close Rt. 315 in both directions at Rt. 750 to add turn lanes. Rt. 315 in that area will be closed for up to 60 days this year for that work. The western side of Rt. 750 at the Rt. 315 intersection will close for up to 45 days next year while crews add turn lanes there. The eastern leg of Rt. 750 will remain open, according to ODOT.
For drivers traveling between Delaware, Powell, Lewis Center and Columbus, the added commute time will be a headache and a hassle, but worth it if it alleviates traffic on Rt. 315 in the future.
“I think this is a short-term setback is what this is,” said Rob Cavaliere, who was driving from his home near Powell to pick up his son from hockey practice on Rt. 23.“There’s no easy way to go east to west or west to east; whether it’s Orange Road or Powell Road, it’s very difficult. I invite any improvement.”