Project Description

Hard Shoulder Running Pilot

Submitted by the Central Ohio Section

Construction Cost $58,000,000
Project Location Columbus, Ohio
Project Owner Ohio Department of Transportation, District 6
Project Designer Burgess & Niple, Inc.
Contractor Complete General Construction
Completion Date October 2019

Project Description

The I-670 corridor in Columbus, Ohio, serves as the major artery connecting downtown to the John Glenn International Airport. Burgess & Niple (B&N) led an eight-consultant team to design an Active Traffic Management Strategy called Hard Shoulder Running (HSR) to combat congestion on this crucial roadway. HSR is the temporary use of the shoulder to provide an additional lane of capacity during peak travel hours.
This approach is significantly less expensive than other options, such as traditional road widening, because it uses the existing roadway infrastructure and typically requires fewer impacts to overhead bridges, interchange ramps and signs. The versatile solution also provides the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) with a dynamic system that will allow them to respond to various traffic challenges as they arise.

Project Features

  • First Hard Shoulder Running application in Ohio
  • Dynamic Lane use and communications with drivers