For Immediate Release
July 6, 2015
Busy July Has ODOT Urging Drivers to “Move Over”
DELAWARE (July 6, 2015) – After a week of Red, White and Blue, when you see Orange, here’s what ODOT wants you to do.
Move Over Please
It’s the Law.
We’ve got projects
Big and Small
Pay Attention behind the wheel
Don’t Text or Eat a Meal
Our Workers are Just like You
After work, they want to head home too
So Pay attention to the signs
Don’t cross the solid lines
Take it Slow and Easy please
Cause we think our workers are the bees ‘knees.
Since construction starts today on a number of projects (listed below) throughout Central Ohio, here’s another reminder to slow down and move over for roadside workers.
State Route 323 – (NEW) Starting at 7 a.m., SR 323 will close in both directions between Selsor Moon Rd. and Charleston-Chillicothe Rd. for two months to replace the bridge over Sugar Creek. The detour is SR 323 SR 41 to SR 729 to SR 323 or reverse. Completion: September 3.
Marion-Williamsport Road – (NEW) Starting at 7 a.m., Marion-Williamsport Road will close in both direction over US 23 for three months for bridge replacement. All ramps at US 23 will remain open. The detour for westbound traffic is US 23 north to SR 4 to US 23 south to Marion-Williamsport Rd.
The detour for eastbound traffic is US 23 south to SR 309 to US 23 north to Marion-Williamsport Rd. Completion: October 4.
State Route 56 – (NEW) Starting at 7 a.m., SR 56 will close between Tarlton Adelphi Rd. and Stumpf Rd. for three months to replace the bridge over Salt Creek. The detour is SR 159 to SR 180 to SR 327/SR 180 to SR 56 or reverse. Completion: October 15.
Interstate 270 – (NEW) I-270 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction between Groveport Rd. and Williams Rd. from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night for beam painting. At 8 p.m. nightly, the ramp from Alum Creek north and south to I-270 west will also close. The detour is Alum Creek Drive to I-270 north to US 33 west to I-270 south. Complete: July 12
“For our construction and maintenance workers, a ‘day at the office’ often means working on the side of the highway, next to traffic,” said District 6 Deputy Director Ferzan Ahmed. “They work under dangerous conditions to ensure our roadways are safe and well-maintained. We are asking the public to follow the law and help keep our highway workers safe.”
Ohio’s “Move Over Law” requires motorists to slow down and, as conditions permit, shift to an adjacent lane when approaching construction, maintenance and public utilities commission vehicles that are parked on the roadside with flashing, oscillating or rotating lights. Under the previous law, motorists were required to do so only when approaching police and other emergency vehicles, including tow trucks.