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No quarters? No problem! Mobile parking app launches in Arena District

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No quarters? No problem! Beginning tomorrow, you can now use your mobile device to pay for parking in the Arena District.

The ParkColumbus app, which is already available for use in the Short North, allows drivers to use their iPhone or Android devices to pay for both meter and kiosk parking in the Arena District.

Read more about kiosk parking in Arena District here.

To pay for parking using the app, simply enter the zone number posted on the parking meter or kiosk sticker, choose the duration, and touch the “start parking” button. The app sends alerts when the parking session is about to expire so a user can extend time right from the app.

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In addition to the Arena District, the City of Columbus plans to continue to phase in mobile payment with the app in 2019-2020 to all 4,500 parking meters and kiosks in areas including Downtown, the Brewery District, Grandview Avenue (within the City of Columbus) and the University District.

For more information on the ParkColumbus app and to watch a video on how to use it, visit columbus.gov.

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New construction at I-70 split means more traffic for now

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Changes coming to a busy stretch of highway near Children’s Hospital could lead to serious-short term traffic headaches.

According to a report from 10TV, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has announced two changes to I-70 downtown which are set to begin this August.

First, traffic moving in both directions of I-70 will be shifted to the westbound bridge that carries traffic from the east side, past downtown, for one year. The bridge will host one westbound lane, as it does right now, along with the two eastbound lanes of I-70.

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In the next phase, Parsons Avenue will close between East Main Street and Mooberry Street for 60 days to demolish the existing roads, eventually re-building I-70 east over Parsons Avenue. Drivers should use Grant Avenue instead.

ODOT officials say that bringing I-70 to the top layer will eliminate the need for lane changes that lead to congestion and can cause accidents.

These changes mark the first of many planned projects for roadways in this area.

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Ohio legislation could bring marijuana possession fines down to $10

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It’s not easy being green, but if Columbus City Council has its way, it might get a lot easier to hold some green.

On Monday, July 22, the council will vote on legislation that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession in the city.

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If the measure is passed, those caught with up to 100 grams of cannabis would face just a $10 fine, with amounts between 100 and 200 grams earning a $25 penalty.

The council’s proposed measure would also contradict penalties enforced at the state level, meaning possession of up to 200 grams would no longer carry the threat of jail time.

A public hearing is planned this Thursday before the possibility of this new legislation getting the green light next week.


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Extreme, dangerous heat could be coming to central Ohio this week

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Freeze some ice packs, buy a spare fan, and get that rickety old AC unit serviced now—serious heat is on its way to the region later this week.

If forecasts from meteorologist Ross Ellet of 13 ABC in Toledo are accurate, central Ohio could be in for a scorching 111-degree day sometime between Thursday and Saturday. Note that this figure reflects the heat index, or the temperature it “feels like.”

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While our own NBC4’s forecast shows a slightly more conservative estimate, the projected heat index for Friday is still in the triple-digits at 107 degrees.

Extreme heat can be dangerous and even life-threatening, especially for the elderly and the very young. Be sure to check on vulnerable neighbors who may be without air conditioning during this summer heat wave, and keep your pets indoors and well-hydrated.

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