Cannon Drive Relocation - Phase 2

Cannon Drive Relocation – Phase 2

Cannon Drive Relocation – Phase 2, will rebuild the roadway between John Herrick Drive and Woody Hayes Drive at its current elevation and construct a certified ODNR flood protection levee. When complete, the project will add up to 500-year flood protection for the Columbus campus. Work also includes a new signalized intersection at Woody Hayes Drive and the continued expansion of the river park.

The project aligns with Framework 2.0, and continues the work of Cannon Drive – Phase 1 which created a certified flood levee between King Avenue and John Herrick Drive.

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Project Timeline

  • 2017
  • 2022
  • 2025

Construction Stages Through November 2023

January - March 2023

Cannon Drive Phase 2 Construction - Stage 1 Updated February 2023

Key Impacts:

  • Construction fencing is installed.
  • The Lincoln Tower parking lot closes.
  • Intermittent Cannon Drive closures near Morrill Tower. Pedestrians will be detoured.
Late March - Mid May 2023

Cannon Drive Phase 2 Traffic Impact Map - Phase 2A

Key Impacts:

  • Cannon closes between 12th and Herrick.
  • The Herrick and Cannon intersection & Herrick bridge closes.
  • Bus and vehicle traffic will be re-routed.
  • EMS traffic will use existing cut-through near BRT.
  • The Chiller parking lot closes.
Mid May - August 2023

Cannon Drive Phase 2 Traffic Impact Map - Phase 2B

​​​​Key Impacts:

  • Cannon remains closed north of 12th.
  • The Herrick bridge remains closed with bus and vehicle traffic re-routed.
  • The Olentangy River pedestrian bridge experiences intermittent closures.
  • The Olentangy River Trail is re-routed around Ohio Stadium.
September - November 2023

Cannon Drive Relocation Phase 2 - Stage 3 Construction

Key Impacts:

  • Cannon reopens between 12th and Herrick.
  • Herrick reopens between Olentangy and Cannon.
  • Cannon Drive closes north of Herrick.
  • Bus and vehicle traffic rerouted.
  • The Olentangy Trail detour remains.


Project Team

Project Manager 
Tom Ekegren


Construction Manager
Igel/Ruhlin (JV)

Construction Questions

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Cannon Drive Relocation – Phase 2 Update