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The Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

August 30, 2007


COLUMBUS   With the coming of the Labor Day weekend, state highways can see an increase in traffic volumes. During the Friday and Saturday of the Labor Day holiday weekend last year, traffic increased by around 10 percent both days on the states rural highways. With additional traffic on the roads and construction season in full swing, travelers should plan alternative routes or allow additional travel time due to congestion and delays. Some road closures are unavoidable.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is taking extra steps to make travel this holiday weekend as safe and efficient as possible. To keep traffic moving through the states construction zones during peak travel times, ODOT works to open additional lanes of traffic. Contractors performing highway projects are required to maintain at least two lanes of traffic in each direction where possible on the interstates. Motorists should always use caution when traveling through construction zones, even when it appears there is no work occurring.

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. Crews are expected to work Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1. However, there will be no additional lane closures. Drivers are advised to exercise caution while driving through these work zones. Completion date: June 2008.

Interstate 70/Interstate 75, Montgomery County (Western Ohio)
Reconstruction continues at the I-70/I-75 interchange just north of Dayton. Two lanes of traffic are maintained in each direction on I-70 through the interchange. I-75 is reduced to two lanes in each direction between U.S. 40 and just south of I-70. Motorists should use caution and reduce their speed through this area. Expect congestion and possible delays. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, there will be no additional lane closures over the holiday weekend. Completion date: summer 2009.

Interstate 275, Hamilton County (Southwest Ohio)
Rehabilitation of the roadway, pavement and 28 bridge structures on I-275 from just east of Winton Rd. to just east of U.S. 42. One lane of two-way traffic is maintained by a temporary traffic signal over the Chesterdale Rd. overpass. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the weekend and there will be no additional lane closures. Completion date: fall 2010.

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