ODOT Reminds Labor Day Weekend Motorists:

“Every Move You Make, Keep It Safe”

Labor Day weekend the deadliest holiday on Ohio roads
 
COLUMBUS (September 1, 2011)With an estimated 1.3 million Ohioans traveling this Labor Day weekend, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) reminds motorists: “Every Move You Make, Keep It Safe.”
 
According to ODOT safety experts, in 2010 more than 2,400 Ohio drivers were involved in crashes during the holiday weekend – with nearly 30 percent of the crashes occurring Friday between 10 am and 6 pm.
 
In addition, an eleven year (2000 to 2010) analysis of Labor Day crashes reveals it is the deadliest holiday weekend with 187 fatalities on Ohio roads.
 
To help motorists plan their trip, ODOT provides a list of on-going construction projects from around the state which could impact their weekend travel.  For a complete list of all major construction projects visit www.BuckeyeTraffic.org
 
STATEWIDE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
 
Interstate 70, Franklin County (Central Ohio) –The ramp from SR 315 south to I-70 east is closed for bridge work. The detour is SR 315 south to I-670 east to I-71 south to I-70 east. Drivers can also take SR 315 south to Greenlawn Avenue to SR 315 north to I-70 east. Completion date: September 2011.
 
State Route 665, Franklin County (Central Ohio) –Motorists can use the newly-constructed entrance ramp to access Interstate 71 north in Grove City from both directions of State Route 665.
 
Interstate 71, Ashland County (Northern Ohio)
I-71 southbound, just north of the SR 302 overpass in Ashland County is reduced to two lanes.  The right (driving) lane is closed due to a culvert failure.  This lane closure will remain in effect until the culvert can be repaired.
 
Interstate 76, Medina County (Northern Ohio)
I-76, between Interstate 71 and State Route 57, is reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction as part of a pavement rehabilitation project.
 
Interstate 90, Lake County (Northeastern Ohio)
Traffic on I-90 between Paine Rd. and the Ashtabula County line is shifted utilizing temporary crossovers.  One lane of I-90 eastbound traffic will be using I-90 westbound.
 
State Route 2, Lake County (Northeastern Ohio)
Several projects along SR 2 are currently underway. The Lost Nation Rd. north and southbound entrance ramps to SR 2 westbound and the Richmond St. (SR 283) entrance ramp to SR 2 eastbound are closed.  Detours are posted. SR 2 between Newell St. and the Grand River is restricted to one lane in each direction. 
 
Interstate 90, Cuyahoga County (Northeastern Ohio)
The I-90 Innerbelt Bridge through downtown Cleveland remains open; however multiple entrance and exit ramps along the downtown corridor are closed or restricted as crews work to construct a new westbound I-90 Innerbelt Bridge. Visit www.Innerbelt.org  for more information. 
 
Interstate 90, Ashtabula County (Northeastern Ohio)
A bidirectional pattern is in place on I-90 from just east of SR 11 to just west of SR 193/84, two lanes of traffic are maintained in each direction. SR 193/SR 84 over I-90 is reduced to one lane with a temporary traffic signal for bridge work. While permanent the work zone remains, all work is suspended during the holiday weekend.
 
Interstate 80, Trumbull County (Northeastern Ohio)
The SR 193 entrance ramp to I-80 westbound is closed until mid-October for bridge reconstruction. A detour is posted. Two lanes of traffic remain open in each direction of I-80.  While permanent the work zone remains, all work is suspended during the holiday weekend.
 
Interstate 475, Lucas and Wood Counties (Northwestern Ohio)
Through November, I-475 between US 24 and SR 65 is reduced to one lane in both directions for bridge work.  Additionally, the ramps from eastbound and westbound US 24 to southbound I-475 are closed.  Detours are posted. 
 
Interstate 475, Lucas County (Northwestern Ohio)
Expect lane restrictions in both directions on I-475, from I-75 to Monroe St. for reconstruction.   Various ramps are closed within the project. Detours are posted.
 
Interstate 70, Belmont County (Eastern Ohio)
Five-mile major upgrade of I-70, stretching 2.5 miles on each side of exit 208. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in both directions at all times. Additionally, the I-70 eastbound rest area at mile marker 210 is closed as part of this project.
 
U.S. Route 62, Holmes County (Eastern Ohio)
U.S. 62 is closed to traffic east of the existing intersection with CR 77 at Bunker Hill near Berlin in Holmes County as part of the intersection improvement project. Traffic is being detoured.
 
Interstate 70, Clark County (Western Ohio)
I-70 between SR 72 and U.S. 40 is undergoing a lane addition.  Motorists will encounter construction zones in both directions and a crossover lane on I-70 eastbound. Two lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction during holiday travel.
 
U.S. Route 52, Brown County (Southern Ohio)
U.S. 52 is reduced to one, 10-foot lane between Aberdeen and the Adams County line for a slip repair project. Traffic is being maintained in one lane with the use of temporary traffic signals.
 
U.S. Route 52, Scioto County (Southern Ohio)
U.S. 52 is reduced to one lane in each direction from Portsmouth/New Boston to S.R. 522 at Wheelersburg, as well as between the S.R. 253/Greenup Dam exit and the Lawrence County line for a series of four-lane resurfacing projects. Traffic is being maintained in a minimum of one, 11-foot lane in each direction.
 
U.S. Route 33, Athens County (Southeastern Ohio)
Motorists will encounter a on U.S. 33 just outside of Nelsonville for a construction project.  Traffic will be maintained and shifted to Temporary Road One.
 
U.S. Route 33, Athens County (Southeastern Ohio)
U.S. 33 is reduced to one lane 12 foot width restriction in each direction for a resurfacing project. Motorists will encounter roadwork from the 682 ramp to the bridge over the Hocking River. Speed will be reduced to 45 MPH in the work zone.
 
Waldvogel Viaduct/U.S. Route 50, Hamilton County (Southwestern Ohio)
The inbound lane of U.S. 50 on the west side of Glenway Ave. at the intersection with Wilder Ave. is closed, leaving one inbound lane open to traffic.  U.S. 50 is reduced to one lane in each direction between Evans St. and State Ave. U.S. 50 remains as is to State Ave. for eastbound traffic.  A dedicated left turn lane from eastbound U.S. 50 onto State Ave. is provided for eastbound traffic wishing to avoid the lane restricted segment of U.S. 50. Vehicles over 16 tons are restricted from using the existing viaduct until all work is complete. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday, and no additional lane closures are scheduled.
 
Interstate 75, Warren County (Southwestern Ohio)
Major reconstruction of I-75 in Warren County, adding  a lane in each direction of I-75 from SR 122 (Middletown) to the Warren/Montgomery county line.  Lane widths are reduced on I-75 so that three lanes of traffic can be maintained on I-75 from south of SR 122 to the Warren/Montgomery county line.  While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.
 
Interstate 75, West Carrollton, Montgomery County (Southwestern Ohio)
I-75 in the area of the East Central Ave. and Dixie Dr. Interchange is under renovation.  Motorists will encounter a construction zone in both directions and a crossover lane on I-75 northbound. Three lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction during holiday travel.
 
Interstate 75, Dayton, Montgomery County (Southwestern Ohio)
I-75 from Main St. to Stanley Ave. and from Edwin C. Moses Blvd. to Fifth St. has construction zones due to the modernization of the interstate through the city of Dayton. Two lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction during holiday travel.
 

For more information contact:
Melissa Ayers, Central Office Communications, at 614-644-8640
or your local ODOT District Communications Office