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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 30, 1999
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

ODOT Unveils 1999 Interstate Construction Brochure

Columbus – The snow is melting, trees are budding, birds are returning from the south, and spring fever is in the air! Warm weather is just around the corner and the inevitable sight of orange construction barrels will sprout along Ohio’s roadways.

"Our interstate system was built during the 1950's and ‘60's," said ODOT Interim Director Gordon Proctor. "Over the past 20 years, Ohio’s traffic volume has grown by 40 percent resulting in the need for increased levels of upkeep."

In an effort to aid motorists, ODOT today announced the release of its 1999 interstate construction brochure. The brochure provides drivers with a map and pertinent information on construction projects expected to resume or begin across the state this year.

"Typically construction season starts in late March or early April. With the increased level of travel during the spring and summer months, it’s essential that ODOT equip motorists with this information before they get on the road," said Proctor.

Road construction expected to have the greatest impact at various time during the spring and summer on motorists statewide includes:

# SR 2 in Erie county

# SR 2 in Lucas, and Ottawa counties

# I-71 in Cuyahoga county

# I-71 in Clinton and Warren counties

# I-77 in Summit county

# I-77 in Washington county

# I-270 in Franklin county

# I-280 in Lucas county

# I-680 in Mahoning county

ODOT urges motorists to plan ahead for construction to minimize or avoid delays. Tips for travel include:

# Learn where construction zones exist

# If possible, travel during non-peak hours of the day and avoid morning and evening rush hours

# Choose an alternate route if necessary, and

# Allow additional time for delays

Ridesharing, carpooling and vanpooling are also practical and economical ways to make traveling easier. If you need help finding someone to share a ride, call your local rideshare agency or 1-800-VAN-RIDE. You can also contact your local transit system for bus schedule information.

The interstate construction brochure is available at rest areas, AAA or by calling (614) 466-8480. For additional road construction information, refer to ODOT’s Ohio Transportation Information System web page at www.dot.state.oh.us or contact the Ohio Highway Patrol at 1-888-264-7623.