Why is the relocation of Cannon Drive necessary?
The straightening and elevating of Cannon Drive aligns with Framework 2.0 and supports future growth of the university and the medical center by creating 12 acres of developable land; serving as future flood protection; creating an eventual north-south connection between King and Lane Avenues; and enhancing green space in the Olentangy River corridor.

When will Cannon Drive construction begin and how long will it last?
Cannon Drive construction begins September 2017 and will take place in four phases over two years. Phase 2 of construction will begin in spring 2018 and will close the state Route 315 northbound exit ramp to Cannon Drive. More details about these changes will roll out as we move closer to their start dates.

How will the Cannon Drive project impact my EMS route to and from University Hospital on the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center campus?
Beginning Sept. 5, Cannon Drive will be closed from Medical Center Drive to 12th Avenue.

If you are traveling to the ED from state Route 315 northbound:

  • Take the Lane Avenue exit toward Ohio State University
  • Turn right onto Lane Avenue
  • Turn right onto Olentangy River Road
  • Turn left onto John Herrick Drive
  • Turn right onto Cannon Drive
  • Turn left onto 12th Avenue
  • Take 12th Avenue to the EMS entrance on the north side of University Hospital

Beginning Monday, Sept. 11, a temporary south entrance for EMS will be erected beside the entrance to the James Cancer Hospital to ease congestion during construction.* To use the south entrance:

  • Take the Medical Center Drive exit ramp
  • Follow it to the ED entrance (first left)
  • Turn left toward the Emergency Department
  • The Emergency Department is on your right

If you are traveling to the ED from state Route 315 southbound:

  • Take the King/Kinnear Road exit and turn left
  • Turn left at Olentangy River Road
  • Turn right onto John Herrick Drive
  • Turn right onto Cannon Drive
  • Turn left onto 12th Avenue
  • Take 12th Avenue to the EMS entrance on the north side of University Hospital

*When will the south entrance to the Emergency Department open and where will it be located?
Beginning Monday, Sept. 11, a temporary south entrance for EMS will be erected beside the entrance to the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute to ease congestion during construction. Improvements to this south entrance will be ongoing as we work to provide optimal convenience for our EMS partners and patients.

Can patients designated with a time-critical disease be transported to the south ED entrance?
Any emergent patient, including those designated with a time-critical disease, can be transported to the south entrance. Direct access to the Ross Heart Hospital will be available from this location for critical cardiac patients (ECMO and STEMI). There should be no scheduled or non-emergent transports to this entrance. 

Will Medical Center Drive be open to EMS on football Saturdays?
Yes. Medical Center Drive will be open to general traffic, as well as EMS, fire and police traffic, during the upcoming football season.

Will ladders and engines have access to roadways should a fire occur around Cannon Drive?
Yes, ladders and engines will have road access should a fire occur on or around OSUWMC.

Will pedestrian traffic change with the Cannon Drive closure?
With the closure of Cannon Drive, the parking lots just west of the road also closed. As a result, employee parking transitioned to West Campus. This has reduced overall pedestrian traffic around University Hospital. OSUWMC will continue to manage traffic flow at the front entrance of the ED and James Cancer Hospital to alleviate congestion. 

Will construction impact the state Route 315 on and off ramps to the medical center?
We anticipate that the state Route 315 northbound ramp will close in the spring-summer of 2018. Advance notice of closures and associated impacts will be communicated so motorists can plan accordingly.

How will I know about the traffic changes that might impact my routes?
Comprehensive communication and access plans, including signage and traffic control officers, will be implemented to ensure the easiest access to our Emergency Department. We also will provide updates and route changes directly to local EMS stations to help when transporting patients to our facility. You can also stay up-to-date by visiting Ohio State’s Cannon Drive Relocation page, Ohio State’s Center for EMS website or Ohio State’s Center for EMS Facebook page.

Who can I contact for more information?
To speak with someone regarding our construction efforts, please contact the Ohio State Center for EMS at 614-293-5102 or at centerforems@osumc.edu.