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Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14, 2000


ODOT Releases Information on 2000 Interstate Construction

COLUMBUS Ohio Department of Transportation Director Gordon Proctor today announced the release of its 2000 interstate construction brochure. The brochure was developed by the department to familiarize motorists with where construction zones exist before traveling the states interstates. 

The annual brochure, first released in 1994 includes a statewide map and information highlighting 87 construction projects expected to resume or begin across the state this year.

Information from the brochure may be dynamically accessed online at: 

http://www.dot.state.oh.us/intercon

"Drivers generally arent concerned with what is slowing traffic, but where the obstruction is and how long it will be there," said Proctor. "By providing motorists with this informative tool they can prepare for disruptions by planning ahead for construction on the roads they travel."

The department will spend approximately $1.1 billion during the 2000 construction season, on projects throughout the state. More than $350 million of the total amount will be spent on various resurfacing projects. Another $300 million will be used on major new projects, $180 million will go to maintaining bridges, and $200 million will be put toward local government projects.

"Construction activities on the interstates are one of the main reasons for traffic congestion on our highway network," said Proctor. "To help alleviate this problem, we are conducting more work at night and on the weekends. We are also wherever possible, keeping two lanes of traffic open throughout the construction zones."

Proctor noted maintaining and preserving the states interstate system through highway construction and repair projects will continue to be ODOTs top priority.

Interstate construction expected to have the greatest impact on motorists statewide includes:

  •  Interstate 71 in Delaware, Franklin, Hamilton, Richland and Ashland counties.
  •  Interstate 75 in Montgomery and Hancock counties.
  •  Interstate 77 in Noble, Stark and Guernsey counties.
  •  Interstate 70 in Franklin, Guernsey andBelmont counties.
  •  Interstate 90 in Cuyahoga and Lake counties.
  •  Interstate 480 in Cuyahoga County.
  •  State Route 2 in Erie and Ottawa counties.

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.
  • 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 the ODOT Web page at www.dot.state.oh.us or contact the Ohio Highway Patrol at 1-888-264-7623.