Many road projects suspended over Thanksgiving weekend
ODOT reminds drivers to buckle-up, drive sober and hang up phones
COLUMBUS (Tuesday, November 26, 2013) –The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is reminding motorists to buckle up, drive sober and avoid distractions--especially this holiday weekend.
“The best defense for preventing crashes, injuries and fatalities is avoiding distracted driving, wearing your seat belt and not drinking and driving,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.
While construction work is suspended over the holiday, many permanent work zone restrictions remain in place. Below is a list of many of the notable highway construction projects that could impact your Thanksgiving holiday travel.
Interstate 270, Franklin County
The ramp from U.S. Route 23 south to I-270 on the southern outerbelt east is closed as part of the I-270 widening project. The detour is U.S. Route 23 north to SR 104 east to U.S. Route 33 east to I-270. Alternatively take I-270 west to U.S. Route 62 south to I-270 east.
Interstate 71 South, Cleveland to Columbus
Good news! Except for a small, four-mile section in Morrow County, I-71 southbound is now three lanes from Cleveland to Columbus. ODOT decided to open the third lane for the majority of I-71 south to ease congestion especially during the holidays.
The first of three projects to widen 25 miles of I-71 in Delaware and Morrow Counties was completed earlier this year between SR 95 and the Richland County line. That section is three lanes on I-71 both north and southbound.
Work on the $102 million widening project between U.S. 36 in Delaware County and SR 95 in Morrow County is at the half way point. While most of southbound is three lanes, all of northbound I-71 is still two lanes. The third lane for northbound I-71 won’t be complete until next year.
Interstate 70, Licking County
Two bridge replacements projects are ongoing in Licking County on I-70 and two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction. The project locations are:
• Muskingum/Licking County line, one-half mile east of SR 668/Gratiot
• Canal Rd. (2 miles west of SR 79 )- Motorists are reminded that at the location of this project I-70 eastbound traffic will experience a shift to the median where each of the 12-foot driving lanes are separated by a permanent median barrier wall. Motorists are urged to drive with caution through this area and to obey all posted signs.
Interstate 75, Montgomery County
I-75 from Third St. to Main St. is under construction due to the modernization of the interstate through the city of Dayton. Two lanes of traffic will remain open to northbound motorists.  Three lanes will be open to southbound motorists. Motorists need to stay alert, as altered traffic patterns currently exist at this location. 
Interstate 75, Miami County
Motorists will encounter construction in the area of I-75 and U.S. 36 near Piqua. Two lanes of traffic will remain open in each direction on I-75 in this area. 
Interstate 75, Auglaize County
Motorists will encounter construction in the area of I-75 near Cridersville.  One lane will remain open in each direction leading up to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Two lanes will be open beginning Wednesday, November 27 at noon.
U.S. Route 250, Huron County
U.S. 250, at its overlap with SR 162 in Fitchville Twp., is closed for a bridge replacement project over the Vermilion River. Detour is posted.
Interstate 90/State Route 611, Lorain County
I-90, at its interchange with SR 611 (mile marker 151) in the city of Avon, is restricted to two narrowed lanes of traffic in each direction as part of a bridge rehabilitation project. SR 611 is also restricted to one lane of traffic in each direction. Motorists should expect delays and allow for extra time as they travel this area during the construction of this project, and are encouraged to find alternative routes around the project if possible.
State Route 7, Belmont County
Resurfacing project from the south end of Shadyside to Bellaire. Guardrail installation work remains. One lane of traffic is maintained in each direction.
U.S. Route 250, Harrison County
Bridge replacement in the Tappan Lake region about 1.5 miles west of SR 646. Two-way traffic is maintained in a 12-foot lane with temporary traffic signals.
State Route 7, Jefferson County
SR 7 is reduced to one lane between Brilliant and Rush Run for landslide repairs.
Interstate 90, Cuyahoga County
All I-90 traffic is now traveling on the first of two, new bridges to replace the 1959 Innerbelt Bridge in downtown Cleveland.  Interstate 90 remains open; however, multiple ramps – including the Ontario Street exit ramp from I-90 east – along the downtown corridor are closed or restricted as crews work to demolish the 1959 bridge and construct a second bridge in its place.  Visit for more information.
I-90 Major Pavement Reconstruction, Lake County
I-90 east and westbound traffic between Morely Rd. and Paine Rd. is maintained utilizing the contra-flow traffic pattern.  Two lanes of traffic are maintained in each direction on I-90 east and westbound and speeds are reduced.
Interstate, Allen County
I-75 between Fourth St. and SR 81 in Lima will have occasional nighttime lane restrictions during reconstruction of the existing lanes of pavement, replacement of mainline bridges and reconstruction of the interchanges. Traffic is maintained two lanes in each direction the majority of the time. Lane restrictions generally occur from 7 p.m. until 10 a.m. the following morning.
State Route 2, Ottawa County
SR 2 is reduced to one lane in each direction from SR 163 and SR 53.  Additionally, the ramp from southbound SR 53 to westbound SR 2 is closed.  Detour: SR 53; SR 163.  
State Route 101, Seneca County
SR 101 is closed for sewer work between East Perry St. and Maplewood St. in the city of Tiffin. Detour: SR 18; CR 13.
U.S. Route 23, Scioto County
U.S. Route 23 South is reduced to one lane at the Portsmouth corporation limit for a slip repair project. The project site is located between Selma/Richard St. and Lowry Hollow Rd. Traffic is being maintained in one, 12-foot lane in the southbound direction; northbound traffic should not be affected by this project.
State Route 32, Pike County
SR 32 westbound is reduced to one-lane at mile marker 20 for a slip repair project. The project site is situated between the CSX Railroad underpass (east of Beaver Creek Rd.) and the Darst Rd./Beaver Pike intersection. Traffic is being maintained in one lane in the westbound direction; eastbound traffic should not be affected by this project.
U.S. Route 33, Athens County
Bridge work on SR 682 requires a one lane closure on U.S. 33 near the SR 682 interchange. Motorists are advised to obey reduced speed limits through this work area.
Interstate 75, Hamilton County
Reconstruction of existing I-75 with a lane addition north and southbound within the project limits. Martin Luther King between Central Pkwy. and the Forum Apts. is closed and traffic is using the new Connector Rd. behind White Castle. The westbound Hopple St. ramp to southbound I-75 is closed and the ramp from Bates Ave. to westbound I-74 is closed.  There is a temporary ramp to westbound I-74 off Central Pkwy.  Four lanes of northbound traffic will be maintained.  Southbound I-75 contains a contraflow lane between Hopple St. and the Western Hills Viaduct, maintaining four lanes.  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, Hamilton County
Interchange improvement of one mile of I-75 including the replacement of the Clifton/Mitchell avenues structure.  Speed is reduced to 45 mph in the construction zone. Three lanes of traffic are maintained 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.
For more information, contact: Melissa Ayers, ODOT Communications Director, 614-644-8640, or your local ODOT District Communications Office