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The Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

May 24, 2007


COLUMBUS   The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is taking extra steps to make this weekends holiday travel as safe and efficient as possible. This is the first major travel weekend of the summer and ODOT expects to see increased traffic volumes over the weekend.

To keep traffic moving through the states construction zones during peak travel times, ODOT works to open additional lanes of traffic and requires contractors to maintain at least two lanes of traffic in each direction where possible on the interstates. But some closures are unavoidable and motorists should always use caution when traveling through construction zones, even when it appears there is no work occurring. With construction season in full swing, many zones have narrowed lanes, traffic shifts, unexpected conditions or could cause congestion.

Knowing where closures and construction zones are ahead of time can reduce frustration and delays for travelers. Motorists can get up-to-date construction, road condition and travel information at any time at Here are highlights of the major projects that will impact the largest number of travelers this weekend (a link to the complete statewide list of projects follows):

Interstate 90, Lake County (Northeast Ohio)
Widening and rehabilitation of I-90 between SR 306 and SR 615. Traffic in both directions is shifted onto the westbound side of the roadway. The ramp from SR 615 to I-90 eastbound is closed for the construction season, as well as the rest area in the eastbound direction. While the permanent work zone remains in place, crews will not be active between Saturday, May 26 and Monday, May 28 and there will be no additional closures on these days.

Interstate 70/Interstate 75, Montgomery County (Western Ohio)
Reconstruction of the I-70/I-75 interchange just north of Dayton including various ramps and bridges. Two lanes of traffic are maintained in each direction on I-70 and I-75. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the weekend and there will be no additional closures.

Interstate 275, Hamilton County (Southwest Ohio)
Major reconstruction and widening of I-275 from just east of Winton road to just east of U.S. 42. Three lanes of traffic are being maintained in each direction, but motorists should use extreme caution, expect traffic shifts and congestion in this work zone. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the weekend and there will be no additional closures.

ODOT is also reminding motorists to buckle up as part of the national Click It or Ticket initiative. As part of the campaign, law enforcement will be on the lookout for, and will ticket, motorists who are not buckled up. ODOT is helping to target these motorists by posting banners at rest areas across the state and promoting Buckle Up messages on freeway message signs statewide. Coast to Coast, day or night, the message is simple Click It or Ticket.

Click here for a full list with complete descriptions of all of the currently active projects on major routes across the state.