ODOT: Memorial Day Second-Deadliest
Holiday on Ohio’s Roads

Memorial Day Weekend Traffic Report
 
 
COLUMBUS (Thursday, May 24, 2012) – For the second year in a row, Memorial Day has ranked second-deadliest out of the top six major holidays on Ohio’s roads.
 
Of the 2,049 crashes during the 2011 Memorial Day holiday in Ohio, there were 884 injuries and 12 fatalities.
 
“Nobody wants to see their holiday end in tragedy,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “A few simple, life-saving steps are all it takes to arrive alive.”
 
 
SAFETY TIPS
 
ODOT safety experts recommend using these tips to arrive at your destination this holiday weekend safe and on time:
 
  • Don’t Tailgate: Leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you.
  •  Stay Alert: Avoid distractions, especially in construction zones.
  • Slow Down: Obey reduced speed limits when traveling in construction zones. Remember, fines are doubled in construction zones.
     
  • Click It or Ticket: Memorial Day is the official beginning of the state’s Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign. According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, in 2009, 397 of the people killed in crashes on Ohio’s roads were not wearing seat belts.
     
  • Know Before You Go: Visit www.BuckeyeTraffic.org for up-to-the-minute travel information and a user-friendly map of work zone locations, traffic congestion alerts, road closures and weather conditions 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

 

 
HOLIDAY TRAFFIC REPORT
 
While construction work may be suspended over the holiday, many permanent work zone restrictions remain in place. Below is a list of notable highway construction projects that could impact your Memorial Day weekend travel.
 
 
CENTRAL OHIO
Interstates 71/670, Franklin County
Two lanes 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 travelling 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. Completion: November 2012
 
 
NORTHERN OHIO
 
State Route 57 Ramp to I-76 East, Medina County
The SR 57 entrance ramp to I-76 eastbound is closed as work continues on rehabilitating the interstate corridor. The detour route for eastbound motorists is SR 57 to I-76, west on I-76 to SR 3, south on SR 3 to I-76 east. The ramp is expected to reopen in late-July, 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.
 
Interstate 76, Medina County
I-76 eastbound, between SR 57 and 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 lane. The project will be complete in September 2013.
 
Interstate 90, Lorain County
I-90, over the Black River and Ford Road, is reduced to two narrowed 11-foot lane widths of traffic in each direction for bridge deck replacements. The restrictions will remain in place through November 2013. 
 
 
 
 
NORTHWESTERN OHIO
 
State Route 53, Hardin County
Ohio 53 north of Kenton closed April 16 at three separate locations for culvert and bridge deck replacement. The locations of closure are south of TR 114, south of TR 60 and north of TR 50. The structures will be closed until mid-June. Traffic detoured onto SR 31, U.S. 68 and SR 81 back to SR 53.
 
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. 
 
Interstate 475, Lucas County
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.
 
 
NORTHEASTERN OHIO
State Route 2, Lake County
Two projects are underway on SR 2 between SR 306 and the Grand River.  All lanes are open; however, speeds will be reduced through the work zones.
 
State Route 8, Summit County
The entrance ramp from Howe Ave. to SR 8 north is closed through mid-June for embankment repairs. All detours are posted.
 
Interstate 90, Ashtabula County
Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction on I-90, however, westbound traffic will be split. One lane of westbound traffic will crossover onto I-90 eastbound, while the second lane will remain on I-90 westbound. As a result, there is three lanes of traffic traveling on I-90 eastbound, (two eastbound and one westbound).
 
Interstate 90, Cuyahoga County
The I-90 Innerbelt Bridge through downtown Cleveland remains open; however, multiple 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, 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. 
 
U.S. Route 422, Trumbull County
The U.S. 422 bridge over the Penn Central railroad just east of SR 169 is closed through early October for a bridge replacement. All detours are posted.
 
Interstate 680, Mahoning County
I-680 northbound between South Ave. and Market St. is reduced to two lanes. I-680 southbound between Market St. and South Ave. is reduced to one lane.  Also, the entrance ramp from South Ave. to I-680 northbound and the entrance ramp from Powersdale Ave. to I-680 northbound is closed. All detours are posted.
 
 
WESTERN OHIO
 
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 at this location are closed, detour signs are posted.
 
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.  
 
EASTERN OHIO
 
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 16, City of Newark, Licking County
Perform interchange/intersection improvements on SR 16 in the city of Newark, between Hudson Ave. and O’Bannon Avenue. One 11-foot lane in both east and westbound directions is open to traffic, using temporary concrete barriers and arrow boards. 
 
U.S. Route 40, Guernsey County
Perform major rehabilitation, including total deck replacement, on the interchange bridge carrying U.S. 40 over Interstate 77. The U.S. 40 westbound & I-77 northbound to U.S. 40 westbound traffic is detoured via I-77 north, U.S. 22 west, and I-77 south, adding approximately five miles to a motorist’s commute.  I-77 southbound to U.S. 40 eastbound traffic is detoured via I-77 south, S.R. 209 east, and I-77 north, adding approximately 10 miles to a motorist’s commute.  U.S.40 eastbound traffic is unaffected, as eastbound U.S. 40 has one lane open to traffic.
 
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. 
 
SOUTHERN OHIO
 
State Route 32, Adams County
A resurfacing project on S.R. 32 is under way, with operations at the 0.83-mile marker (just east of the Adams-Brown County line) for bridge repair. Crews will be paving the route between the county line and S.R. 247 at Seaman, and throughout construction, traffic will be maintained in at least one lane in each direction. The project is anticipated to be completed by mid to late October.
 
U.S. Route 35, Jackson County
A resurfacing project on U.S. 35, between C.R. 41 (Dixon Run Road) and the Jackson-Gallia County line, is under way. Throughout construction traffic will be maintained in at least one lane in each direction. The project is scheduled to be completed by late November.
 
U.S. Route 52, Brown County
U.S. 52 is reduced to one, 10-foot lane at T.R. 232 (Logan Gap Road), between Ripley and Aberdeen, for a slip repair project. Throughout construction, traffic is being maintained in one, 10-foot lane with the use of temporary signals.
 
 
SOUTHWESTERN OHIO
 
U.S. Route 50/Waldvogel Viaduct, Hamilton County
Waldvogel Viaduct and Sixth Street Expressway improvement project.  The Sixth Street Expressway lanes are reduced to one, 11-foot lane in each direction.   One lane in each direction remains open on U.S. 50 from Mt. Hope Road to the Fifth Street/I-71/75 split.  All ramps and bridges will remain open. Vehicles over 16 tons are restricted from using the existing viaduct.  
 
Interstate 71, Warren County
Bridge replacement of the Jeremiah Morrow Memorial Bridge on Interstate 71 just north of SR 123.  Two lanes of traffic are open in each direction.  While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.
 
Interstate 74, Hamilton County
Replace and widen I-74 structure over SR 128.  While three lanes of traffic are open in each direction, two lanes of westbound I-74 are switched to the eastbound side of the work zone with one lane remaining on the westbound shoulder. 
 
 
SOUTHEASTERN OHIO
 
State Route 607, Morgan County
SR 607 will be realigned. The second phase of the project, once the realignment project is complete, includes resurfacing slated for both ends of the new SR 607 (0.7 miles on SR 60 end and 0.4 miles on SR 78 end).  There will be a 120 day closure beginning in July 2012.
 
State Route 664, Old Man’s Cave, Hocking County
Realignment of SR 664 adjacent to Hocking Hills State Park.  There will be various lane restrictions for the duration of the project; however, traffic will be maintained.
 
U.S. Route 33, Nelsonville Bypass, Hocking & Athens Counties
8.43 miles of major new construction on U.S. 33 between Haydenville and Doanville.  Traffic will be restricted at eastern and western interchanges.
 
 
 
For more information,  contact: Steve Faulkner, ODOT Press Secretary, at 614-644-7101,
 or your local ODOT District Communications Office