FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 1998
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
ODOT LAUNCHES TRAVEL INFORMATION SYSTEM
and Memorial Day Traffic Report
COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Department Of Transportation announced today
that for the first time, motorists can access immediate, statewide highway information as
close as their home or office computer. By using the Internet, the Ohio Transportation Information
System, or OTIS, is designed to report major events that slow or detour traffic on
"OTIS can conveniently provide motorists with valuable information on lane and
road closures caused by construction, flooding, accidents or other events," said ODOT
Director Jerry Wray. "By alerting motorists to where delays and detours exist, we can
help reduce their travel time."
Although OTIS (http://www.dot.state.oh.us) is being launched primarily as a
construction reporting system, its designed to include any type of incident that
will slow or detour traffic. OTIS was created with adaptability in mind because drivers
generally arent concerned with what is slowing traffic, but where the
obstruction is and how long it will be there.
OTIS visitors can customize their search of Ohio highway events by specifying a road,
county, district, or date to receive the latest information. The search results display
records five at a time, much like a typical Web search engine.
In addition to the text search, visitors can select highways from any of Ohios 88
counties by clicking on maps provided through OTIS.
No additional software or hardware was purchased, and no consultants or extra personnel
were employed to create OTIS. The entire system was conceived, designed, programmed and
developed in-house using existing ODOT tools. Similar systems in other states have cost
more than $1.5 million to create.
Visitors have consistently placed construction information in the top 10 most popular
pages of the ODOT Web site, even though that information was updated only once a month.
Now, OTIS will supply up-to-the-minute highway information.
Memorial Day Holiday Traffic
The following information is a comprehensive list of interstate highway construction
for the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend.
The Ohio Department of Transportation urges motorists to plan ahead for construction,
watch for stopped traffic and obey posted speed limits in construction zones. Fines in
construction zones may be doubled.
Interstate 270 - Franklin Co.
North outerbelt widening from SR 3 to Worthington-Galena Road. The I-71 southbound ramp to
I-270 eastbound is closed. Detour: east on SR 161 back to I-270.
Interstate 270 - Franklin Co. (Easton Area)
Traffic is maintained on mainline with Morse Road ramps closed. Detour: Easton Way ramp.
Interstate 71 - Cuyahoga Co. (SW Cleveland)
The right lane is closed and traffic is shifted to the left two lanes from I-480 to Pearl
Road (SR 42). All entrance ramps are open. Motorists can tune to 1610 AM for the latest
construction information in this area. Motorists should expect delays during peak travel
Interstate 71 Bridges over I-480 - Cuyahoga Co. (SW Cleveland)
Two narrow lanes of traffic maintained southbound. Motorists can tune to 1570 AM for the
latest construction information in this area.
Interstate 76/US 224 - Summit Co.
On-going construction in the cities of Barberton and Norton from the I-76/I-277/US 224
interchange approximately 5 miles to the Medina County line. Eastbound traffic is
restricted to one lane at the Wooster Road exit ramp. Closures of Wooster Road exit and
entrance ramps. Detours posted.
Interstate 80 - Trumbull Co.
Traffic maintained in the city of Girard for widening and deck replacement of the twin
I-80 bridges over the Mahoning River, B&O Railroad and Mill Street. There is an
11-foot width restriction in place in both directions. Motorists are encouraged to use
alternate routes during peak travel times.
Interstate 90 - Cuyahoga Co.
Two left lanes are closed in both directions. Traffic is shifted to the right. The Ontario
entrance ramp to I-90 westbound is closed. Detour: remain on Ontario southbound as it
becomes Orange Avenue. Enter I-77 southbound to I-490 westbound to either I-71 southbound
or I-90 westbound. Motorists can tune to 1610 AM for the latest construction information
in this area. Motorists should expect delays during peak travel times.
Interstate 90 - Lorain Co.
Traffic maintained in two lanes both directions for pavement replacement and a third lane
addition from 0.59 miles west of SR 83 to the Cuyahoga County line. There is an 11-foot
width restriction and a 14-foot 6-inch height restriction in place.
Interstate 271 - Summit Co.
Traffic is restricted for bridge deck replacement in Boston Township on the I-271 bridges
(L&R) over the Ohio Turnpike. Daytime restrictions will close the passing lanes on
I-271 northbound and southbound for crossover pavement construction. There is a 10-foot
width restriction in place in both directions.
Interstate 271/Interstate 480 - Cuyahoga Co. (SE Cleveland)
I-480 east and westbound has two lanes open in both directions between I-271 and
Warrensville Center Road. Traffic is maintained but speeds are reduced. The I-480
westbound ramp from Warrensville Center Road southbound is closed. Detour: Miles Road east
to Northfield Road south to the I-480 westbound entrance ramp. The ramp from I-271
northbound to I-480 westbound is down to one lane. Motorists can tune to 1610 AM for the
latest construction information in this area. Motorists should expect delays during peak
US 422/I-480 - Cuyahoga Co. (SE Cleveland)
US 422 to I-480 westbound is down to one lane. Traffic must merge before the northbound
I-271 ramp. The
I-271 southbound ramp from US 422 westbound is closed. Detour: I-480 westbound exit at
Miles Road, turn left on Miles to the I-271 southbound entrance ramp. Motorists can tune
to 1610 AM for the latest construction information in this area. Motorists should expect
delays during peak travel times.
Interstate 480 - Cuyahoga Co. (SW Cleveland)
The two right lanes are closed and two lanes of traffic are maintained and shifted in both
directions between Ridge Road and West 130th Street. All entrance and exit
ramps are open. Motorists can tune to 1570 AM for the latest construction information.
Motorists should expect delays during peak travel times.
Interstate 480 - Portage Co.
Two lanes are open in both directions for bridge repair and widening over the Wheeling and
Lake Erie railroads. There is a 10-foot width restriction in place in the eastbound and
Interstate 75 - Lucas Co.
Traffic is reduced to one lane northbound and two lanes southbound from the Michigan State
line to I-280. Motorists should expect delays.
Interstate 75 - Lucas Co.
The northbound lane of I-75 over Willys Parkway is reduced to one lane between the I-475
interchange and the Willys Parkway Bridge.
Interstate 75 - Wood Co.
I-75 northbound is reduced to two lanes between the I-475 interchange in Perrysburg and
Interstate 280 - Lucas Co.
Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction between the I-75 interchange and the
Interstate 70 - Clark Co.
Traffic is restricted to two lanes in both directions for approximately 7 miles of
rehabilitation between US 40 and SR 72 east of Springfield.
Interstate 77 - Tuscarawas Co.
Traffic restricted to one lane in both directions for major upgrading and bridge repair
from US 250 at Strasburg to the Stark County line near Bolivar. Motorists should expect
congestion and delays.
Interstate 77 - Noble Co.
Traffic maintained with restrictions for rehabilitation from Belle Valley to the Guernsey
County line, and from Caldwell south approximately five miles toward Marietta. There is a
14-foot width restriction in place.
US 23 - Lucas Co.
The northbound traffic is reduced to one lane just north of the I-475 eastbound ramp for
US 30 - Van Wert Co.
Traffic is restricted to one lane during a pavement and bridge repair project between SR
49 and US 224. There is a 13-foot width restriction in place. Wide loads are detoured onto
SR 49 and US 224 then back to US 30.
State Route 159 - Ross Co.
Lane restrictions near the US 23 interchange for resurfacing and bridge repair. Motorists
should expect long delays and are advised to seek alternate routes.
17th Street Bridge - Lawrence Co.
The 17th Street Bridge that links Chesapeake, Ohio and Huntington, W. Va. and
carries US 52 traffic over the Ohio River is closed for major renovation. Detour: SR 7
through Chesapeake to the Sixth Street Bridge to US 60 west to the 17th Street
Bridge on the West Virginia side of the Ohio River.