Sixth Avenue work to end in summer

The current phase of Columbus' $36 million downtown flood-abatement project continues to disrupt traffic flow on the eastern edge of downtown.

The work was originally scheduled to be completed in the spring, but utility conflicts, bad weather and other unforeseen problems have pushed that back to mid to late summer, according to Donna Newman, the city's director of engineering.

The project, which is being financed by the 1999 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, began near the Civic Center and has been moving north along Sixth and will soon turn west on 14th Street and connect with another line at Fifth Avenue.

Currently, drivers approaching downtown from Wynnton Road are directed to go left on 10th Avenue, then right on 11th Street, or to turn right and go up to 13th Street to get into downtown. Drivers can avoid the area altogether by coming into downtown on the 13th Street viaduct.

Drivers on Wynnton can also proceed underneath the rail overpass on 11th Street and get to Columbus Recorder's Court via Seventh Avenue. They will also find one northbound lane open on Sixth Avenue that ends at and is funneled west on 12th Street. Southbound traffic on Sixth Avenue also ends at and is funneled onto 12th Street headed west.