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87º | Sunny | 10% chance of precipitation | Sunrise 7:30 a.m. | Sunset 7:09 p.m.

🚧 All jammed up
57% of downtown Columbus is considered metro renters | Photo by @markshultztv
The report comes from Experience Columbus and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. | Photo by @markshultztv
Road work ahead? We sure hope it does.

If you’re anything like us, you might let out an audible shriek when you discover your normal drive home has been disrupted by unexpected construction. Alas, that’s just the way it goes in Columbus, where our state animal could be a traffic cone. Here are the projects you need to know about (so you can avoid them):

Hayden Run Road

This $2.3+ million project began in July and is expected to end in November 2023. The bridge will be reduced by one lane, but it will make way for a new shared-use path on the southside of the road.

Front Street bridge

Crews started demolition on this bridge over I-70 the first week of September. Much of this area continues to be a congested construction zone, as this portion of the Ramp Up project won’t be completed until 2025.

State Route 161

The impacts of Intel are already being felt in central Ohio. The Ohio Department of Transportation began work on widening SR 161 in July and hopes to finish the $112 million investment by next year.

Fifth Avenue

Previously, the road and pedestrian walkway near Battelle received minor improvements, resulting in detours and high traffic in neighborhoods. This small stretch of road in Grandview is now reopen.

Olentangy River Road

Pro tip: Avoid this four-way intersection at Olentangy River Road and John H. Herrick Drive. This is near the Wexner outpatient center on campus where the bridge towards Cannon Drive is closed. As a result, you’ll find yourself waiting for long traffic lights with no oncoming cars in sight. Frustrating, we know.
What disrupts your daily commute?
Monday, Sept. 18
  • Deveon Gilfillian | Monday, Sept. 18 | 7 p.m. | The Basement, 391 Neil Ave., Columbus | $20 | Spend an evening with this R&B singer who has 350,000+ monthly listeners on Spotify.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • Beer and Wing Pairings | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 5-8 p.m. | Taft’s Brewpourium, 440 W. Broad St., Franklinton | $22 | Diners will be given a worksheet and instructions at this self-guided pairing.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
  • Columbus Crew vs. Chicago Fire FC | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 7:30 p.m. | Field, 96 Columbus Crew Way, Arena District | $24-$493 | Cheer on the Crew + enjoy local beer and food at the game.
Thursday, Sept. 21
  • Nationwide Children’s Golf Tournament | Thursday, Sept. 21-Sunday, Sept. 24 | Times vary | The Ohio State University Golf Club, Scarlet Course, 3605 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington | Free | Support the local hospital at this outing where pre-registration is encouraged.
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News Notes
  • CoHatch dreamed up a modern coworking space, and now it’s coming into reality. The local cohort announced it will renovate historic homes in the Dublin area to create a brand new 15,000-sqft building along the Scioto River. Construction is expected to begin next year. (NBC4)
  • Mike Babcock resigned as the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The hockey club appointed Pascal Vincent as head coach of the team on a two-year contract. Previously, Vincent was an associate coach.
  • Wheels up to Salt Lake City. Delta Air Lines will begin offering nonstop flights from John Glenn International Airport in 2024. Catch the first flight out of here on Friday, June 7, 2024.
  • OSU climatologist Lonnie Thompson stars in “Canary,” a documentary detailing the earth’s highest peaks and remote locations. It premieres at select theaters on Wednesday, Sept. 20. (The Columbus Dispatch)
  • Point of view: You got tickets to Nightlight 614. This fast-selling event still has tickets left for “Black Panther” on Thursday, Sept. 28.
Try This
  • Audiologists are raving about the latest generation of Horizon hearing aids. Why the excitement? They deliver unmatched speech clarity in an ultra-discreet design. The best part? offers a local, 45-day no-risk trial, so you can try before you buy. Secure your spot.*
  • How many credit cards are in your wallet? Make your answer “one.” The Ascent’s credit card experts personally signed up for this card because of its perfect mix of benefits: up to 5% cash back, a big bonus, no annual fee, the list goes on. Learn more.*
📍 Only in Columbus
Even spending time outside on a clear, sunny day is sure to wow guests in Columbus. | Photo by @djgonzownci
We’ve all been there: Someone’s trying to give you directions by describing 10 lefts, 20 rights, and a jumble of cardinal directions. Isn’t it easier to just point out a landmark?

That’s exactly what we’re doing. We have 13 of the most recognizable Columbus landmarks — from the Wonder Bread sign to the downtown bridges. Not only are these local icons easy to remember, but they’ll also get you where you need to go in a jiffy.

Downtown bridges

  • Address: Main Street and Broad Street
  • Nearby: COSI and Genoa Park
We’d be lying if we said this isn’t one of our favorite spots in the city — just check out our Instagram page. The Main Street bridge is most notable for the large arches that span across it on each end, and the Broad Street bridge is more commonly known as the “Discovery Bridge.”
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