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Drivers urged to plan ahead and be patient

COLUMBUS - Roads across Ohio will be crowded with extra travelers heading out for Thanksgiving. Traffic volumes increase by about 62 percent for the holiday, making it the busiest travel holiday of the year.
"We are urging holiday travelers to plan ahead and be prepared for heavy traffic, especially around our major cities," said Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray.
ODOT is wrapping up another near-record construction season with around $2 billion invested into roads and bridges. This investment to improve the state's transportation network also means a lot of orange barrels.
"Where we can, we open as many lanes as possible in active work zones. However, it is important for drivers to pay extra attention, obey all signs, and leave plenty of space between their vehicle and the one in front of them when driving through work zones," said Wray.
Information about the location of work zones can be found on OHGO.com or the OHGO app. Users can also access more than 600 live traffic cameras, real-time highway speeds, and traffic alerts with OHGO.
ODOT will utilize more than 130 digital message boards along our highways and social media posts to remind travelers to buckle up.
“We work hard to make our roads safe, but we need everyone riding in a vehicle to do their part too. Wearing a seat belt is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself if you are involved in a crash,” said Wray.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, of the nine peopled killed during the Thanksgiving holiday in 2016, six were not wearing seat belts.