I-70/71 INNERBELT DESIGN ENHANCEMENT
The I‐70/I‐71 Innerbelt Corridor through downtown Columbus, Ohio is one of the busiest and most vital sections of highway in the region. To improve safety and mitigate the effects of the 1960’s highway on the downtown fabric a substantial redesign of the freeway was needed. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) commissioned this study to guide the $1.6 Billion reconstruction of the I-70/71 corridor. Urban design goals include reconnecting historic neighborhoods and business districts, aesthetic conditions and an integrated pedestrian and bicycle friendly transportation improvement plan. After extensive public involvement and input, a master Design Enhancement Plan was created.
The project will also provide an opportunity to create a signature gateway into downtown Columbus and improve connectivity and economic development opportunities for historic neighborhoods. It considers the highway mainline “trench”, the new and improved city streets paralleling the highway, and more than 12 rebuilt bridge crossings. Each bridge crossing was individually considered and assessed during the redesign process. The vision for the plan includes gateways, plazas, and signature bridges that would better connect downtown with surrounding neighborhoods and creates an opportunity to cap sections of the freeway for future greenspace and private development.
PEOPLE INVOLVEDBrian Kinzelman + Tim Schmalenberger + Chris Hermann + Jeff Bryan + Chris Kimbrel + Kristen Lucas + Aron Fraizer
SERVICES PROVIDEDTransportation Enhancement Design + Urban Design + Community Engagement + Construction Documentation
AWARDS / COMPLETE AWARDS LIST
2014 OCASLA Merit Award - Design Not Constructed for I-70/I-71 Phase 4
2014 Columbus Landmarks James B. Recchie Design Award Finalist