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ODOT suggests Drivers ‘Know Before You Go’ this Memorial Day Weekend
Stay safe by preparing for 15% increase in traffic and major construction projects

COLUMBUS (Thursday, May 27, 2010) - The three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend marks the beginning of the summer driving season, and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) encourages motorists to ‘know before you go’ in order to avoid travel delays.

Safety is a top priority. According to an ODOT safety analysis, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 15 people last year. There were also 574 injury crashes during the 2009 Memorial Day weekend. Losing control of the vehicle, following too closely (tailgating) and failure to yield were the three leading causes of those crashes.

Based on previous year traffic data averages, ODOT expects to see a 15 percent spike in the number of people traveling along Ohio’s rural highways on the Friday before Memorial Day.

With more cars on the road, motorists can ease frustration by planning ahead, especially when driving through construction zones. Below are some of the state’s highway projects that could impact your travel: 

Interstate 77, Cuyahoga County (Northeastern Ohio)
I-77 traffic is maintained, utilizing temporary pavement and lane shifts. The entire project adds a lane on I-77 between Oakes Road and Rockside Rd.  While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.

Interstate 90, Lake County (Northeastern Ohio)
I-90 traffic is maintained with two lanes in each direction utilizing temporary crossovers. The entire project reconstructs pavement on I-90 between Paine Rd. and the Ashtabula 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.  

State Route 2, Lake County (Northeastern Ohio)
SR 2 traffic is maintained, however numerous entrance and exit ramps along the route remain closed.  Detours are posted.  The entire three-stage project rehabilitates SR 2 and adds a lane between SR 91 and Newell Creek/SR 306.  While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.  

Interstate 90, Ashtabula County (Northeastern Ohio)
I-90 from State Route 11 to State Route 193 is currently undergoing reconstruction work. A crossover condition has been implemented on I-90 between SR 11 and SR 193 with one westbound lane and two eastbound lanes traveling on the eastbound side of I-90. One westbound lane will continue to travel on the westbound side. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.

State Route 8, Summit County (Northeastern Ohio)
SR 8, from south of Twinsburg Rd. to north of the Interstate 271 interchange is undergoing reconstructive work. Two lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained.  While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.

Interstate 77, Summit County (Northeastern Ohio)
I-77 from just south of Brush Rd. to just north of State Route 21 is in a crossover condition with one southbound and two northbound lanes traveling on the northbound side of I-77. An additional southbound lane still travels on the southbound side of I-77. All lanes are reduced to a width of 10 feet each. Also, the entrance ramp from SR 21 southbound to I-77 southbound is closed. The detour is posted.

Interstate 76, Medina County (Northeastern Ohio)
I-76, between State Route 57 and State Route 3, is restricted to one lane of traffic as part of rehabilitation project. One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times in each direction.  

Interstate 71 and Interstate 76, Medina County (Northeastern Ohio)
Major reconstruction and widening of I-71, including the addition of a third lane in each direction and major modifications to the I-71/I-76 interchange. While the majority of work on this multi-year construction project has been completed, the contractor has additional work to finish with intermittent single lane closures during off-peak hours.  

Interstate 71, Wayne County (Northeastern Ohio)
The right lanes of I-71 North and Southbound, between mile markers 196 and 199, are closed for work as part of the State Route 301 and State Route 539 bridge rehabilitation projects. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained at all times in each direction.  

U.S. Route 30, Richland County (Northern Ohio)
The right lane of U.S. 30, from one-half mile west of State Route 309 to just west of Fifth Ave., is closed as part of a rehabilitation project. One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times in each direction. The project will be completed by Aug. 31, 2010. 

Interchange at Interstate 475 and U.S. Route 24, Lucas County (Northwestern Ohio)
U.S. 24, from Monclova Road to Dutch Road, is reduced to one lane in each direction for bridge replacement.  Four interchange loop ramps are closed.  Detours are posted.  While permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.

Interstate 75, Lucas and Wood Counties (Northwestern Ohio)
I-75, from Wales Road to Erie Street, is reduced to two lanes in each direction for bridge repair.  Ramp closures include Wales Road, Miami Street (State Route 65), and South Ave.  While permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.

State Route 161/37, Licking County (Central Ohio)
State Routes 161/37 from east of State Route 310 to west of State Route 16 (Columbus Rd.) is undergoing work to widen and relocate the route. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures. 

Interstate 270, Franklin County (Central Ohio)
Two bridges on I-270 on Columbus’ south side between Interstate 71 and U.S. Route 23 are under construction.  Two lanes of traffic are maintained and shifted to the shoulder. The speed limit is reduced to 55 mph in the work zone.  

Interstate 70, Belmont County (Eastern Ohio)
Two lanes of traffic are being maintained in both directions during this five-mile major upgrade of I-70, stretching 2.5 miles on each side of exit 208. The eastbound rest area is currently closed due to this construction. 

State Route 149, Belmont County (Eastern Ohio)
SR 149 is closed to traffic just west of Glencoe for a slip repair, including drainage repairs and the replacement of three culverts.  Beginning at the intersection of SR 149 and State Route 9, traffic will be detoured south on SR 9 to State Route 147, then east on SR 147 back to SR 149, and reverse. 

State Route 7, Jefferson County (Eastern Ohio)
SR 7 is reduced to one lane in each direction just south of State Route 150 near Rayland for a bridge repair project. The north and southbound travel lanes will be closed, and the passing lanes will be restricted to 11-feet in width.  

Interstate 77, Tuscarawas County (Eastern Ohio)
Lanes are restricted on I-77 at County Route 80 in Dover for construction of a new diamond interchange.  The project also includes the reconstruction of 0.7 miles of CR 80, the construction of a new overpass over I-77, the replacement of a bridge over the Sugar Creek, and the relocation of a portion of Progress Street.  Two lanes of traffic are maintained through the workzone.  

U.S. Route  33/State Route 29 Interchange, Auglaize County (Western Ohio)
The U.S. 33/SR 29 interchange in Auglaize County is closed for bridge deck replacement.  Ramps not directly affected by the bridge deck will remain open to motorists. Drivers should stay alert and slow down through the construction zones.  

State Route 32, Brown County (Southern Ohio)
A 5.8-mile resurfacing project has begun on SR 32, from the Brown-Clermont County line to just east of the U.S. Route 68 overpass at Mt. Orab. Currently, the route is reduced to one lane at the U.S. 68 overpass, and width (lane) restrictions are also in effect on the ramp from U.S. 68 to SR 32 East. Throughout construction, SR 32 will be maintained in at least one, 12-foot lane in each direction; a reduced speed limit will also be in effect.

State Route 32, Jackson County (Southern Ohio)
Construction for a bridge rehabilitation and resurfacing project on State Route 32 has resumed, and the route will be reduced to one lane between the Jackson-Pike County line and the 12.5-mile marker or Township Route 259 (Cutlip Road), approximately 2.5 miles east of the Jackson corporation limit. A 12-foot width restriction and reduced speed limit will be in effect on mainline SR 32; however, a 10-foot width restriction will be in effect on the ramp from SR 32 east to U.S. Route 35 East.

State Route 104, Ross County (Southern Ohio)
Construction for a major widening project on SR 104 at Chillicothe continues. Crews will be constructing additional thru-traffic lanes between U.S. Route 35/Pleasant Valley Road and State Route 207. Throughout construction, traffic will be maintained in a minimum of one, 10.5-foot lane in each direction.

Interstate 75, Montgomery County (Southwestern Ohio)
I-75 from Edwin C. Moses Blvd. to Fifth St. is undergoing reconstructive work. Two lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction.   

Interstate 75, Montgomery County (Southwestern Ohio)
Speeds are reduced on I-75 from Main St. to Stanley Ave. (including the State Route 4 ramp), as part of the modernization of the interstate through the city of Dayton. Two lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction.  

Interstate 75, Warren County (Southwestern Ohio)
I-75, from south of State Route 122 to the Montgomery County line is undergoing reconstructive work.  Three lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained.  While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.  Please obey the posted 55 mph speed limit. 

U.S. Route 50/U.S. Route 33, Athens County (Southeastern Ohio)
Both U.S. 50 and U.S. 33 are reduced to one lane to allow for a pavement modernization project. The U.S. 50 lane restriction begins at the junction of U.S. 50 and U.S. 33 and ends at County Route 52 (Della).  The U.S. 33 lane restriction begins at the junction of U.S. 50 and U.S. 33 and ends at East State Street near Ohio University.  Motorists can expect a speed limit reduction to 45 mph through the construction zone.

State Route 7, Washington County (Southeastern Ohio)
SR 7, from Sandhill Rd to the Dimex Industrial building, will be reduced to one lane to allow for a pavement modernization project.  Motorists can expect a speed limit reduction through the construction zone.  Motorists can expect a speed limit reduction to 35 mph through the construction zone.  

In addition to this list of highlighted construction projects around the state - where slowdowns may occur - motorists can get the latest information on all of Ohio’s construction projects on www.BuckeyeTraffic.org. ODOT’s premier website offers up-to-the-minute road conditions and details on highway construction projects in every area of the state. 

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For more information contact: Scott Varner, ODOT Central Office Communications, at 614-644-8640

or your local ODOT District Public Information Office at 216-584-2006