​‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ this Labor Day Weekend
ODOT Holiday Traffic Advisory
COLUMBUS (Friday, August 31, 2012) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is reminding motorists to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” this Labor Day weekend.
ODOT, along with the Ohio Department of Public Safety and public safety agencies around the country, are participating in the ‘Drive Sober’ campaign to reduce alcohol-related crashes, injuries, and deaths. Reminders will be posted on ODOT’s freeway signs.
During the 2011 Labor Day weekend, there were 145 alcohol-related crashes resulting in 90 injuries and four deaths.
“By joining the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign, ODOT is saying loud and clear that driver behaviors, like drunk driving, need to stop if we are to make Ohio’s roads safer,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.
Throughout the weekend there will be increased enforcement, sobriety checkpoints, and public awareness events.
Although work is suspended in most construction zones over the holiday weekend, motorists should plan alternate routes or allow additional travel time to avoid work zone congestion, delays or more serious highway incidents. Up-to-date traffic information can be found 24 hours a day at www.BuckeyeTraffic.org.
Below is a list of notable highway construction projects that could impact your Labor Day weekend travel:
Interstates 71/670, Franklin County
Two lanes are being maintained on I-71 and I-670 throughout the 1.7 mile construction zone. Access to the airport is not impacted. The reduced speed of 45 mph is strictly enforced. Any interstate closures are during overnights and weekends and prior notification is given.
Interstate 270, Franklin County
Three lanes will be maintained in each direction between Roberts Rd. and Broad St. One of the three southbound lanes will be a contraflow lane.
The contraflow lane begins just south of Roberts Rd. and means the left lane of southbound traffic will cross over to the northbound side of the road. A portable barrier wall will separate the southbound contraflow lane and the three northbound lanes.
Motorists traveling southbound who wish to exit at I-70 or Broad Street should stay in the right two lanes of I-270 south. The contraflow lane can be used as an express lane for those who do not wish to exit at I-70 or Broad St.
Two lanes will be maintained in each direction between Broad St. and U.S. 62. All ramps will remain open.
The speed limit through the work zone will be reduced to 55 mph so drivers should allow for extra time for their commute and remain alert since this is a seven mile construction zone.
State Route 7, Jefferson County
SR 7 is reduced to one lane between Brilliant and Rush Run for landslide repairs.
State Route 7, Jefferson County
SR 7 is reduced to one lane in each direction for a 3.75 mile resurfacing project from just north of SR 213 at Alikanna to just north of CR 56 near Costonia.
State Route 7, Jefferson County
SR 7 is reduced to one lane, 11-foot lane in each direction through the city of Steubenville for resurfacing.
Interstate 70, Guernsey County
Resurfacing from approximately SR 723 to one half-mile east of SR 285.  This work also includes major rehabilitation of five bridges.  From noon on Friday, Aug. 31, to noon on Tuesday, Sept. 4, project work will be suspended and all lanes will be open to traffic.
Interstate 70/State Route 158 Interchange, Licking County
Widen the existing SR 158 bridge over I-70, replace/widen the SR 158 ramps, and widen SR 158 in the interchange vicinity.  All lanes, both eastbound and westbound on I-70 will remain open.  The SR 158 bridge over I-70 is limited to southbound traffic only.  SR 158, north of the interchange is open. The SR 158 entrance ramp to westbound I-70 remains closed.  Motorists traveling south on SR 158 to I-70 west will be detoured to U.S. 40 west and SR 310.  Motorists traveling south on SR 158 to I-70 east will be detoured to U.S. 40 east and SR 37.  Message boards are in place alerting motorists of this detour.  Motorists should expect delays in workzone areas.
Interstate 470, Belmont County
I-470 is reduced to one lane in each direction for resurfacing and rehabilitation work between I-70 and SR 7.
Interstate 70, Clark County
I-70 between SR 72 and U.S. 40 is undergoing a lane addition.  Motorists will encounter construction zones in both directions on I-70.  At least one lane of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction.
Interstate 75, West Carrollton, Montgomery County
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 on I-75.  Southbound motorists will encounter a crossover lane in the far left lane. Ramps are open at this location.
Interstate 75, Dayton, Montgomery County
I-75 from Edwin C. Moses Blvd. to Fifth St. is under construction due to the modernization of the interstate through the city of Dayton. Two lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction. Motorists need to stay alert, as traffic patterns are currently not in their traditional places at this location. 
U.S. Route 224, Medina County
U.S. 224, at its overlap with Rivers Corners Rd. (between SR 301 and U.S.42), is closed as part of a CSX railroad bridge replacement project. The detour route for westbound motorists is U.S. 224 to U.S. 42, south on U.S. 42 to SR 89, north on SR 89 to SR 58, north on SR 58 to U.S. 224, and reverse for eastbound motorists. The road is expected to reopen in mid-November, 2012. 
Interstate 71, Morrow County
I-71 southbound, from just south of the Morrow/Richland County line to SR 95 (between mile markers 158 and 150), is reduced to two narrowed lanes of traffic for the reconstruction and widening project. Two lanes will be maintained at all times in the southbound direction. The project is expected to be complete October 2013.
• CR 14, at its bridge over I-71, is closed for bridge replacement work as part of this project. Detours are posted. The road is expected to reopen in mid-September 2012.
Interstate 76, Medina County
I-76 eastbound, from just west of SR 94 to the Summit County line, is reduced to one lane of traffic for a reconstruction project. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area and watch for slower moving traffic as it merges in to the open right lane. The project will be complete in September 2013.
• SR 94 Ramp to I-76 East
The entrance ramp to I-76 eastbound from SR 94 in the city of Wadsworth is closed.  This closure is anticipated to be in place through early October 2012.  Detour is posted.
Interstate 90, Lorain County
I-90, at its twin bridge structures over the Black River and Ford Road, is reduced to two narrowed 11’ lane widths of traffic in each direction for bridge deck replacements. The restrictions will remain in place through November 2013. 
State Route 2, Lake County
All lanes are open SR 2 between Newell Creek/SR 306 and SR 44; however, speeds will be reduced through the work zones.
Interstate 80 in the city of Girard; Austintown & Liberty townships, Trumbull County
I-80 between SR 11 in Mahoning County and Shady Rd. in Trumbull County has various lane restrictions for bridge repairs. This work is part of a project to resurface I-80 from SR 11 in Mahoning County to Shady Rd. in Trumbull County. The project also includes bridge work to both bridges on and over I-80 as well as the placement of sidewalks off of the Shady Rd. bridge. The entire project is scheduled to be complete in late September 2012.
Interstate 90, Lake County
Traffic on I-90 between Paine Rd. and Painesville-Ravenna Rd. is shifted utilizing temporary crossovers.  One lane of I-90 eastbound traffic will be using I-90 westbound.
Interstate 90, Cuyahoga County
The I-90 Innerbelt Bridge through downtown Cleveland remains open; however, multiple ramps – including the Ontario St. entrance ramp to I-90 west – 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 in the city of Conneaut, Ashtabula County
Motorists traveling on I-90 from just east of the Conneaut River to the Pennsylvania State line should be aware of a bi-directional traffic pattern. Although two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction, westbound traffic is split. One lane of westbound traffic is crossed over onto I-90 eastbound, while the second lane remains on I-90 westbound. At various times during the week, I-90 westbound will be reduced to one lane for roadway reconstruction.
The weight station on I-90 westbound will remain open. All I-90 westbound truck traffic will need to remain on the normal westbound side of I-90 by using the right lane to access the weigh station.  
This work is part of a project to replace the pavement on I-90 from just east of the Conneaut River Bridge to the Pennsylvania state line. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by late fall 2013.
Interstate 680 in the city of Youngstown, Mahoning County
The following traffic patterns are now in place along I-680 between South Ave. and Market St:
• I-680 northbound is reduced to two lanes
• I-680 southbound is reduced to one lane 
• South Ave. over I-680 is reduced to one lane in each direction through late August
• The I-680 southbound exit ramp to South Ave. is closed through late October; the detour is posted.
Motorists should pay special attention to the reduced speed limit from 50 mph. to 40 mph. This work is part of a project to rehabilitate seven bridges on I-680 in the city of Youngstown. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in July 2013
U.S. Route 23, Lucas County
Through October, northbound U.S. 23, between I-475 and Sylvania Ave., is reduced to one lane for bridge work.
U.S. 23/U.S. 30, Wyandot County
Road is restricted to one lane both north and westbound just west of SR 199 for a slope repair and drainage project. U.S. 23 southbound/U.S. 30 eastbound is also restricted to one lane through the zone as well until mid-September.
U.S. Route 24 Henry, Lucas Counties
ODOT is proud to begin the holiday weekend by announcing the opening of the 21-mile stretch of the NEW U.S. Route 24, from Napoleon to Toledo.  Lane restrictions are in place on U.S. Route 24 east of Napoleon and near I-475 for tie in work. Motorist are reminded of changing traffic patterns in this area. 
Interstate 475, Lucas and Wood Counties
Through November, I-475 between U.S. 24 and SR 65 is reduced to one lane in both directions for bridge work.  Additionally, the ramps from eastbound and westbound U.S. 24 to southbound I-475 are closed.  Detours are posted. 
U.S. Route 23, Ross County
A resurfacing project is under way on U.S. 23 between Three Locks Road and the Scioto River bridge near the U.S. 35 bypass at Chillicothe. Throughout construction, traffic will be maintained in one, 12-foot lane in each direction.
State Route 7, Washington County
SR 7 is reduced to one lane in each direction at the Braun St. intersection and the Farson St. intersection.  Traffic is being maintained in either direction.
U.S. Route 33, Athens County
Motorists will encounter roadwork on U.S. 33 just outside Nelsonville. Traffic will be shifted to Temporary Road 1 and there will be a 12-foot width restriction in place.
Interstate 77, Noble County
One lane of I-77 will be closed and a 10-foot width restriction will be place. Motorists will encounter the roadwork around mile marker 1.98, around CR 15 (Ashton Hill Road). Traffic will be maintained for the duration of the project.
Interstate Route 77 is reduced to one lane in each direction around CR 15 (Ashton Hill Road) for a bridge project.  Traffic is being maintained in a minimum of one, 10-foot lane in each direction.
Waldvogel Viaduct, Hamilton County
The Waldvogel Viaduct and Sixth St. Expressway improvement project has one lane of traffic in each direction shifted to the inside lanes between Mehring Way and Gest St. 
The Sixth St. Expressway lanes are reduced to one, 11-foot lane in each direction.  All ramps to and from Freeman Ave. are closed, with detours posted.  Vehicles over 16 tons are restricted from using the existing viaduct.
Interstate 71, Warren County
While the I-71/Jeremiah Morrow Bridge replacement project continues, lane closures may still be in place; however, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.
Interstate 74, Hamilton County
Replace superstructure over SR 128 and widen structure as necessary to accommodate maintenance of traffic while providing a fourth lane.  While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.

For more information,  contact: Steve Faulkner, ODOT Press Secretary, at 614-644-7101, 
or your local ODOT District Communications Office