NEWS RELEASE

ODOT District 10


COLUMBUS (Thursday, May 26, 2011) – Last year, Memorial Day weekend was the second-deadliest of the six major holidays on Ohio’s roads - up from the fourth-deadliest each of the previous three years.

Of the holiday’s 2,081 crashes, there were 11 fatalities and 958 people injured.

“When drivers change their behavior we will see a drop in crashes,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “Slowing down, paying attention, and wearing seatbelts are simple, proven ways to help save lives.”

Estimates by the American Automobile Association predict nearly 35 million Americans will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend.  With an increase in traffic this holiday weekend, drivers can reach their destinations safer and on time by following these simple safety tips:

SAFETY TIPS
According to analysis by ODOT safety experts, the top three causes of crashes during the Memorial Day holiday weekend are following too closely, failure to control, and failure to yield. To stay safe this weekend, motorists should:
        Don’t Tailgate!:  leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you
        Stay Alert!:  reduce distractions and use proper signaling when entering the highway
        Slow Down!: obey reduced speed limit signs when traveling through a work zone – remember, fines are doubled in construction zones
        Click It or Ticket: Memorial Day is the official beginning of the state’s Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts saved more than 12,500 lives in 2009 across the United States.
        Know Before You Go:  visit ODOT’s premier website, www.BuckeyeTraffic.org for up-to-the-minute information and a user-friendly map of work zone locations, traffic congestion alerts, road closures and weather conditions 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

HOLIDAY TRAFFIC REPORT
While construction work may be suspended over the holiday, many permanent work zone restrictions remain in place. Below is a list of notable highway construction projects and closed rest areas that could impact your Memorial Day weekend travel:

State Route 665, Franklin County (Central Ohio) – One lane of SR 665 will be maintained in each direction between South Meadows Dr. and the I-71/SR 665 bridge. A 35 mph speed limit will be enforced in the work zone.

Hilliard-Rome Road, Franklin County (Central Ohio) – Hilliard-Rome Rd. is reduced to one lane in each direction using temporary pavement between Westchester Woods Blvd. and Roberts Rd. for widening.

U.S. Route 30, Richland County (Northern Ohio)
U.S. Route 30, at its interchange with U.S. Route 42 and between Reed Rd. and SR 603, is restricted to one lane of traffic in each direction as part of a resurfacing project. One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times in each direction. Motorists are advised to use caution and remember that the speed limit has been reduced to 50 mph within this construction work zone.

Interstate 71, Ashland County (Northern Ohio)
I-71 southbound, just north of the SR 302 overpass in Ashland County is reduced to two lanes.  The right (driving) lane is closed due to a culvert failure.  This lane closure will remain in effect until the culvert can be repaired.

Interstate 76, Medina County (Northern Ohio)
I-76, between I-71 and SR 57, will have intermittent single lane closures for pavement work. One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times.

Interstate 77, Cuyahoga County (Northeastern Ohio)
I-77 north and southbound lanes between Wallings and Pleasant Valley roads is shifted to the left, utilizing the shoulder, as crews perform noise barrier work until approximately mid-July 2011.  

Interstate 90, Lake County (Northeastern Ohio)
Traffic on I-90 between Paine Rd. and the Ashtabula County line is shifted utilizing temporary crossovers.  One lane of I-90 eastbound traffic will be using I-90 westbound.

State Route 2, Lake County (Northeastern Ohio)
Several projects along SR 2 are currently underway. The SR 2 eastbound exit ramp to Lost Nation Rd. and the Richmond St. (SR 283) entrance ramp to SR 2 eastbound are closed.  Detours are posted. SR 2 between Newell St. and the Grand River is restricted to one lane in each direction.  

Interstate 90, Ashtabula County (Northeastern Ohio)
A bidirectional pattern is in place on I-90 from just east of SR 11 to just west of SR 193/84, two lanes of traffic are maintained in each direction. SR 193/SR 84 over I-90 is reduced to one lane with a temporary traffic signal for bridge work. While permanent the work zone remains, all work is suspended during the holiday weekend.

Interstate 80, Trumbull County (Northeastern Ohio)
The SR 193 entrance ramp to I-80 westbound is closed until mid-October for bridge reconstruction. A detour is posted. Two lanes of traffic remain open in each direction of I-80.  While permanent the work zone remains, all work is suspended during the holiday weekend.

Interstate 475, Lucas County (Northwestern Ohio)
Expect lane restrictions in both directions on I-475, from I-75 to Monroe St. for reconstruction.   Various ramps are closed within the project. Detours are posted.

U.S. Route 24, Lucas and Henry counties (Northwestern Ohio)
U.S. Route 24, from I-475 to Dutch Rd. is reduced to one lane in each direction. Various roads are closed in Lucas and Henry counties along the new alignment. Detours are posted.

Interstate 70, Belmont County (Eastern Ohio)
Five-mile major upgrade of I-70, stretching 2.5 miles on each side of exit 208. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in both directions at all times.  Additionally, the I-70 eastbound rest area at exit 210 is closed as part of this project, and the eastbound off ramp at exit 208 is currently closed to traffic until June 21.  

Interstate 70, Clark County (Western Ohio)
I-70 between SR 72 and U.S. 40 is undergoing a lane addition.  Motorists will encounter construction zones in both directions and a crossover lane on I-70 eastbound. Two lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction during holiday travel.

U.S. Route 52, Brown County (Southern Ohio)
U.S. 52 is reduced to one, 10-foot lane between Ripley and Aberdeen, for a slip repair project. Traffic is being maintained in one lane with the use of temporary traffic signals.

U.S. Route 52, Scioto County (Southern Ohio)
U.S. 52 is reduced to one, 11-foot lane in each direction from Portsmouth/New Boston to S.R. 522 at Wheelersburg for a four-lane resurfacing project. Traffic is being maintained in one lane in each direction.

U.S. Route 23 Scioto County (Southern Ohio)
U.S. 23 is reduced to one, 10-foot lane in each direction just north of CR 25 (Cockrell’s Run Rd.), approximately two miles south of the Scioto-Pike County line, for a culvert replacement project. Traffic is being maintained in one lane in each direction.

U.S. Route 33, Hocking County (Southeastern Ohio)
Seven miles of U.S. 33 are being resurfaced beginning just north of SR 180.

Interstate 71, Hamilton County (Southwestern Ohio)
The ramp from Ridge Ave. and Barrow Ave. to southbound I-71 remains closed for repair due to a landslide. Access to SR 562 will be maintained and should be used to access southbound I-71.  While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.

Interstate 74, Hamilton County (Southwestern Ohio)
Replace and widen I-74 structure over SR 128.  While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.

Interstate 75, Hamilton County (Southwestern Ohio)
Resurfacing work on I-75 from Harrison Ave. to Third St., as well as overhead bridges and related ramps.  Nightly ramp closures will be utilized as necessary but mainline I-75 traffic will be maintained at all times.  While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.

Interstate 75, Warren County (Southwestern Ohio)
Major reconstruction of I-75 in Warren County, adding  a lane in each direction of I-75 from SR 122 (Middletown) to the Warren/Montgomery county line.  Lane widths are reduced on I-75 so that three lanes of traffic can be maintained on I-75 from south of SR 122 to the Warren/Montgomery county line.  While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.

Interstate 75, West Carrollton, Montgomery County (Southwestern Ohio)
I-75 in the area of the East Central Ave. and Dixie Dr. Interchange is under renovation.  Motorists will encounter a construction zone in both directions and a crossover lane on I-75 northbound. Three lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction during holiday travel.

Interstate 75, Dayton, Montgomery County (Southwestern Ohio)
I-75 from Main St. to Stanley Ave. and from Edwin C. Moses Blvd. to Fifth St. has construction zones due to the modernization of the interstate through the city of Dayton. Two lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction during holiday travel.

REST AREAS
Drivers should also plan ahead for places to stop along the way. ODOT will have 14 rest areas around the state closed for construction during the Memorial Day holiday, including:
        Athens U.S. Route 50 EB
        Auglaize U.S. Route 33EB
        Auglaize U.S. Route 33WB
        Belmont Interstate 70 EB
        Gallia State Route 7 NB
        Gallia U.S. Route 35 EB
        Gallia U.S. Route 35 WB
        Lake Interstate 90 WB
        Lake Interstate 90 EB
        Pike State Route 32 EB
        Scioto U.S. Route 23 SB
        Trumbull Interstate 80 WB
        Van Wert U.S. Route 30 EB
        Van Wert U.S. Route 30 WB

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For more information,  contact: David Rose, Central Office Communications, at 614-387-0435 or Brenna Slavens at 740-568-3904