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ODOT urges Extra Care and Planning to prevent High Accident Rate this Thanksgiving

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY TRAFFIC UPDATE

COLUMBUS (November 25, 2008) – Concerned by the high number of automobile accidents that occurred during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday period last year, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is urging drivers to take extra care and to plan their trips before visiting family and friends this season.

ODOT’s safety analysis for 2007 showed 3,685 auto accidents occurred across the state from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving through Sunday evening. Seventeen people were killed and 1,180 injured in those crashes last year.

To help motorists plan their trips and avoid potential difficulties before hitting the road, ODOT’s premiere website BuckeyeTraffic.org
 provides up-to-the-minute highway information on weather and road conditions, road closures, Highway Patrol accident updates and traffic congestion alerts; all available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

ODOT reminds motorists that winter weather can arrive at any time and they need to practice safe driving skills: share the road responsibly, respect snowplows on the highways, and remember, in Ice and Snow… Take it Slow.

To aid drivers, ODOT is providing this comprehensive list of major state construction projects. 
 

Select construction overview information by regions of Ohio:
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Northwest Ohio

U.S. Route 20, Wood and Sandusky counties
The project is to widen U.S. 20 from two lanes to five lanes from Busch St. in Woodville, to   Bradner Rd. Lane widths in both directions are restricted to 11 feet throughout the construction zone. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained at all times. Through October 2009, Bradner Rd. south of U.S. 20 is closed for pavement reconstruction.  Detour is posted. While permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work will be suspended over the holiday weekend. Completion date: November 2009.

 

U.S. Route 24, Henry County
Construction of a newly aligned four-lane divided highway on U.S. 24, including an interchange at SR 109 and overpass at CR 4A in Henry County. Motorists should expect construction vehicles entering and leaving the work zone on the current U.S. 24, SR 109 and CR 4A. Through August 2009, CR S between CR 6C and CR 8 is closed for construction of the SR 109 interchange. Until June 2009, CR 4A will be closed between CR T and CR S for construction of an overpass. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday. Completion date: November 2011.

 

U.S. Route 24/U.S. Route 6, Henry County
A U.S. 6/U.S.24 intersection is receiving a grade separation over existing four-lane highway. Glenwood Ave., between Devonshire Dr. and North Harmony Dr., is closed for the duration of the project. Detour is posted. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday. Completion date: September 2009.

 

Interstate 280 Trench, Lucas County
Front and Summit streets will be realigned to intersect with the Craig Bridge.  Work includes filling the existing I-280 trench and reconnecting city streets in Toledo. Ontario St. and Michigan St. between Buckeye St. and Ash St. are closed until June 2009 for structure removal and roadway replacement. Detour is posted. While permanent lane restrictions will remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane restrictions. Completion date: November 2010. 

 

Interstate 475, Lucas and Wood counties
The bridges of Interstate 475/U.S. 23, from the Maumee River Bridge to Douglas Rd. are receiving bridge deck repairs. Motorists can expect nightly intermittent lane closures from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. through Dec. 6. Work is suspended over the holiday. Completion date: December 2008.

 

Interstate 475, Lucas County
Three bridges at Central Ave., Douglas Rd. and Auburn Ave. are being replaced for the widening of I-475/I-75 interchanges. Intermittent lane restrictions are possibly nightly from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. on I-75 at the Central Ave. bridge. The bridge on Central Ave. is also closed to pedestrians and traffic until October 2009. Detour is posted. Four interchange ramps from Willys Parkway and North Cove Blvd. to I-75 and I-475 will close until October 2009:

  • northbound I-75 to Jeep Parkway/Willys Parkway (Exit 205A)
  • eastbound I-475 to Jeep Parkway/Willys Parkway (Exit 205A)
  • Jeep Parkway./Willys Parkway southbound I-75
  • North Cove Blvd. to westbound I-475 

Detours are posted. While the permanent work zones remain in place, work will be suspended over the holiday. Completion date: October 2010.

 

Interstate 475, Lucas County
The project is the construction of a utility bridge west of the Douglas Rd. bridge in conjunction with the I-475/I-75 bridge replacement project. Traffic may be reduced to one lane in both directions nightly, from 7:30 pm until 5:30 am along I-475 from Secor Rd. to Upton Ave through Friday, Dec.19. Additionally, Groveland Rd. and Langenderfer Dr. west of Douglas Rd. are reduced to one lane throughout the duration of this project. While the permanent work zones remain in place, work will be suspended over the holiday. Completion date: May 2009. 

 

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Northeast Ohio

State Route 8, Summit County
Reconstruction of SR 8 from south of Twinsburg Rd. to north of the I-271 interchange. Two lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained on SR 8 at all times. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures. Detours are posted. Completion date: summer 2010.


Interstate 71, Medina County
Major reconstruction and widening of I-71, from one-half mile north of Leroy Rd. to one mile north of the I-76 interchange. Two lanes of traffic are being maintained in each direction. The I-71 southbound ramp to U.S. 224 westbound is closed for the construction of a new interchange ramp as part of the I-71 and I-76 reconstruction project. Detour is posted. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday weekend, and there will be no additional lane closures. Completion date: July 2010.


Interstate 76, Medina County
The project is the major reconstruction and added modifications to the I-76/I-71 interchange. One lane of traffic is being maintained in each direction until 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26. Work is suspended over the holiday weekend, and there will be no additional lane closures until 7:00 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1. Completion date: July 2010.


Interstate 77, Cuyahoga County
The project is for a lane addition on I-77 between Oakes Rd. and Rockside Rd. The Rockside Rd. eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound is restricted to one narrow lane. Permanent work zone restrictions remain in place over the holiday. Completion date: July 2011.



Interstate 80, Mahoning County
Widening the roadway and construction of new twin bridges over the Meander Reservoir on I-80, between the Ohio Turnpike and the SR 11 interchange. Two lanes of traffic are maintained in each direction. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday weekend and there will be no additional lane closures. Completion date: October 2009.


Interstate 90, Lake County
Twin bridge replacements on I-90 in Leroy, Perry and Madison townships. Eastbound traffic has been shifted on to the new westbound bridge, while westbound traffic will remain on the existing westbound structure. Crews are currently working on demolishing the old eastbound bridge. Permanent work zone restrictions remain in place over the holiday. Completion date: May 2010.

Interstate 90, Cuyahoga County 
The Innerbelt Bridge on I-90 in the city of Cleveland has been placed under weight restrictions.  Two lanes of traffic in each direction, as well as the Ontario St. and E. 9th St. ramps to I-90 westbound, W. 14th St. entrance ramp to I-90 eastbound, and Ontario St. ramp to I-77 southbound are closed.  Heavy truck traffic is detoured via I-77 and I-490. The restrictions will remain in place until further notice.

Interstate 90, Lorain County
I-90, between SR 2 and SR 57, is restricted to 11-foot lanes of traffic as part of a bridge rehabilitation project. There are two narrowed lanes of traffic that will be maintained in each direction at all times. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday weekend, and there will be no additional lane closures. Completion date: Sept. 30, 2009.

State Route 162, Huron County
SR 162, just west of SR 60 in the Village of New London, is closed for railroad crossing repairs. Detour is posted. Completion date: Dec. 1, 2008.

U.S. Route 250, Huron County
U.S. 250, just south of Townline Rd. 187, has intermittent lane closures of short duration until noon Wednesday, Nov. 26 for a railroad grade separation project. Work is suspended over the holiday weekend, and there will be no additional lane closures until 6:00 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1. Completion date: Oct. 30, 2009.

Interstate 271, Summit County
I-271 over SR 8 is reduced to one through lane and one exit-only lane in each direction as part of the SR 8/I-271 reconstruction project. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday weekend and there will be no additional lane closures. Completion date: summer 2010.

Interstate 271, Summit County
I-271 over the Cuyahoga River in Boston Township is reduced to one lane in each direction during off-peak hours for major reconstruction. This work is part of a $33 million project for replacing the I-271 twin bridges over the Cuyahoga River and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Completion date: October 2009.

U.S. Route 322, Cuyahoga County
Widening and reconstruction of U.S. 322 (Mayfield Rd.) between Lander Rd. and the eastern Mayfield Heights corporation limit. Work takes place on the south side of Mayfield Rd., with two lanes in each direction maintained on the north side between Golden Gate Plaza and Wal-Mart Drive. The eastbound Mayfield Rd. entrance ramps to I-271 north and southbound are each closed until approximately late November 2008. Detour is posted. The westbound Mayfield Rd. entrance ramps to I-271 and all I-271 exit ramps to Mayfield Rd. are maintained. Traffic is maintained throughout the project’s limits. Left turns are permitted only at signalized intersections. Permanent work zone restrictions remain in place over the holiday. Completion date: September 2009.

 

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Western Ohio

Interstate 70/Interstate 75, Montgomery County
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: May 2010.

Interstate 70, Clark County
I-70, from SR 54 to SR 4, is undergoing reconstruction and widening work. Two lanes of traffic are maintained in each direction. Motorists should use caution and reduce their speed through this area. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, there will be no additional lane closures over the holiday weekend. Completion date: fall 2009.

Interstate 75, Montgomery County
Phase 1A of the modernization of I-75 through downtown Dayton, from Stanley Ave. southbound to Main St. The speed limit through the work zone is 45 mph, and there are lane restrictions throughout the project. The following exits are closed until summer 2009: SR 4 southbound to I-75 southbound, and I-75 southbound to Webster St. Completion date: October 2011.


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Central Ohio

U.S. Route 23, Pickaway County
Bridge work at three locations on U.S. 23 in Pickaway County. One lane of traffic is maintained in each direction. Completion date: fall 2008.

State Route 161, Licking County
A major expansion project on SR 161, including several road alignment changes, from east of Watkins Rd. to Newark. Traffic will be maintained on one lane of two-way traffic with temporary traffic signals. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph. Traffic will be slowed during the holiday weekend due to the construction and to several county and township roads closed along the route. Completion date: spring 2010.

State Route 315, Franklin County
A project is under way to widen the ramp from I-270 eastbound to SR 315 southbound. SR 315 southbound is reduced to one lane between I-270 and SR 161, and the ramp from I-270 westbound to SR 315 southbound is reduced to one lane. Completion date: May 2009.

 

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Eastern Ohio

State Route 11, Columbiana County
A bridge rehabilitation over the Norfolk Southern Railroad and Township Rd. 888 in Fairfield Township, just north of the SR 344 Interchange. Current work includes construction of the crossovers and temporary pavement for future maintenance of traffic. Minimal impacts to traffic are expected. Completion date: October 2009.

State Route 39, Tuscarawas County
A bridge replacement and widening work on SR 39, between Renner Rd. and the I-77 interchange at Dover. Project also includes intersection improvements at SR 516. There are various types of restrictions throughout this project, but traffic will always be maintained either on one lane of two-way traffic with flaggers, or on one lane in each direction. Congestion and delays are expected, and motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes. Completion date: August 2009.

State Route 39, Holmes County
Improvements are being made at SR 39/SR 60/SR 754 intersection near West Holmes High School. Two, 12-foot lanes of traffic will be maintained throughout the work zone. Completion date:  September 2009.

State Route 152, Jefferson County
A bridge repair on SR 152 over U.S. 22 at the Bloomingdale Exit. One lane for two-way traffic with temporary traffic signals is being maintained. Completion date: October 2009. 

State Route 152, Jefferson County
Landslide repair on SR 152 just north of TR 247 and west of the villages of Empire and Stratton. One lane of two-way traffic will be maintained with temporary traffic signals. Completion date: May 2009.

 

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Southwest Ohio

U.S. Route 22, Warren County
The roadway on U.S. 22 is being widened from Fields Ertel Rd. to the Foster Viaduct in Warren County. One lane of traffic in each direction is being maintained. No work is scheduled over the Thanksgiving Day weekend and there will be no additional lane closures. Completion date: spring 2009.

Interstate 75, Butler and Warren counties
Major reconstruction of northbound and southbound I-75 from Cincinnati-Dayton Rd. in Butler County to SR 122 in Warren County. Work includes the rehabilitation and addition of a lane in each direction of I-75 through the project length and construction of a single point urban interchange at I-75/SR63. Three reduced-width lanes in each direction are being maintained with traffic shifted to the inside lanes from Cincinnati-Dayton Rd. to SR 63.  The southbound I-75 rest area, located at mile marker 28, is closed until spring 2009.  The next available rest area is 41 miles to the south on I-75 in Boone County, Ky.  Completion date: fall 2011.

Interstate 75, Butler County
A full, four-way interchange is being built at I-75/SR 129/Hamilton-Mason Rd. The existing two-lane section of eastbound SR 129 from Cincinnati-Dayton Rd. to southbound I-75 is reduced to one lane. The southbound I-75 off ramp to westbound SR 129 is reduced to one lane.  Completion date: June 2010. 

State Route 134, Clinton County
SR 134 over I-71 is closed for a bridge deck replacement beginning Monday, Aug. 25. Detour is posted. Completion date: fall 2008.

Interstate 275, Hamilton County
Major reconstruction continues of the roadway, pavement and 28 bridge structures on I-275 from just east of Winton Rd. to just east of U.S. 42 with the work zone now located on westbound I-275. Work includes adding a fourth lane and widening the westbound on and off ramps to Mosteller Rd. During peak travel hours, three lanes of traffic on I-275 are being maintained in each direction. On westbound I-275, traffic is being maintained on the two inside lanes from I-75 to Winton Road with one lane of westbound traffic on the eastbound side of I-275 to create an express lane through the work zone from just west of the Reed Hartman Highway to the Winton Rd. interchange. Tractor trailers are prohibited in this lane, and there are no exits until the lane joins with mainline I-275. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place and there will be no additional lane closures. Completion date: fall 2010.

 

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Southern Ohio

State Route 763, Brown County
SR 763 is reduced to one lane just north of the junction with SR 41, where the pavement and shoulder have been undermined from flooding. One lane of two-way traffic is being maintained by signing, and motorists who approach a closed section of the route must yield to oncoming traffic. Completion date: fall 2009. 

 

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Southeastern Ohio

 

State Route 124, Athens County
SR 124, just south of the Washington County line, is closed due to a significant slip. Detour is posted. This is a permanent closure.

State Route 833, Meigs County
SR 833, on the West Virginia side of the Pomeroy-Mason Bridge, has a 10-foot width restriction in each direction as construction progresses on the bridge approach. While permanent work zone restrictions are in place, work will be suspended over the holiday weekend. Completion date: Dec. 31, 2008.

 

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Other Projects

State Route 7, Jefferson County
SR 7 in the village of Stratton is under some restrictions while work is under way on an environmental control retrofit project at FirstEnergy’s W. H. Sammis Plant located adjacent to the highway. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on the northbound lanes of SR 7. However, traffic will be stopped occasionally over the next year for work associated with this project, so motorists should expect periodic delays. Completion date: June 2009.

International Gateway/Stelzer Road, Franklin County
Interchange construction at the intersection of International Gateway and Stelzer Rd. at Port Columbus International Airport. Access to airport may be affected, as traffic has been shifted to temporary roads with two lanes in each direction maintained on International Gateway and one lane maintained in each direction on Stelzer Rd. Completion date: fall 2009.

 

 

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