‘Drive Sober’ this Labor Day Weekend
Road construction suspended on major projects
COLUMBUS (Thursday, September 3, 2015) – 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, is participating in the ‘Drive Sober’ campaign to reduce alcohol-related crashes, injuries and deaths.
“Changing dangerous behaviors, like impaired driving, will undoubtedly save lives,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.
During the 2014 Labor Day weekend, there were 12 fatalities on Ohio’s highways, including seven that were alcohol-related. There were 176 alcohol-related crashes resulting in 107 injuries.
Alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 31 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States in 2013. Of the 10,076 people who died in drunk driving crashes that year, 68 percent were in crashes in which at least one driver in the crash had a blood alcohol content of .15 or higher – nearly twice the legal limit.
ODOT will post ‘Drive Sober’ messages on freeway signs over the holiday weekend.
Overall, Ohio has recorded 730 traffic deaths this year, up 19% from the same period last year.
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.Ohgo.com.
Below is a list of notable highway construction projects that could impact your Labor Day weekend travel:
Interstate 270/U.S. Route 33, Franklin County
U.S. 33 eastbound and westbound is closed east of I-270 to build four new bridges. The detour is I-270 northbound to Sawmill Pkwy to I-270 southbound to Tuttle Crossing Blvd. Two of the eight ramps at the interchange are also closed:
U.S. 33 westbound to I-270 southbound. Detour: U.S. 33 westbound to I-270 northbound to Sawmill Pkwy. to I-270 southbound
I-270 southbound to U.S. 33 eastbound. Detour: I-270 southbound to Tuttle Crossing Blvd. to I-270 northbound to U.S. 33 eastbound.
Interstate 270/U.S. Route 40 (Columbus' East Side), Franklin County
The ramp from I-270 south to U.S. 40 (Main St.) west is closed. The closure is necessary for the bridge replacement on U.S. 40 over the Big Walnut Creek. The detour is I-270 south to SR 16 (Broad St.) west to SR 317 (Hamilton Rd.) south to U.S. 40 (Main St.).
Interstate 70, Belmont County
Bridge rehabilitation and removal project about a one-half mile east of exit 202 (SR 800/Barnesville exit). Four lanes of traffic are maintained using a contraflow pattern, meaning two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction; however, one direction is split.
Interstate 70, Belmont County
I-70 twin bridge replacements on Lady Bend Hill near U.S. 40 (exit 204) between Morristown and Barnesville. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction.
Interstate 70, Belmont County
Three structures are being replaced, including the Marion Street Bridge over I-70 and the eastbound on and off ramp structures to I-70. The Marion Street Bridge is closed to traffic as well as both the I-70 eastbound ramps.
State Route 7, Jefferson County
SR 7 is reduced to one lane between Brilliant and Rush Run for landslide repairs.
U.S. Route 22/State Route7, Jefferson County
Resurfacing on U.S. 22/SR 7 from University Blvd. to the southern SR 213 intersection. Traffic is maintained in each direction.
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 traffic patterns are currently not in their traditional places at this location.
Interstate 70, Montgomery County
I-70 between Airport Access Rd. and SR 48 is under construction. Two lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction. Motorist should remain alert as there is a lot of work being done in this area.
Interstate 75, Miami/Shelby County
I-75 near CR 25A (Farrington) north of Troy is under construction. Two lanes of traffic will remain open in each direction. The ramp from I-75 south to CR 25A is closed. There will also be ramp width restrictions at the I-75/SR 29 interchange in Sidney. Motorists need to stay alert.
U.S. Route 42, Ashland County
U.S. 42, at its bridge over SR 96/U.S. 250 (East Main St.) in the city of Ashland, is closed as part of an intersection improvement project. Detour is posted.
State Route 2, Lorain County
SR 2, between the Ohio Turnpike/I-90 split and Middle Ridge Rd., is reduced to narrowed lanes of traffic for a major bridge rehabilitation project. Two lanes are maintained in each direction.
State Route 57, Lorain County
SR 57, from the Ohio Turnpike to just north of I-90 in the city of Elyria, is restricted to two narrowed lanes of traffic in each direction for work as part of a major reconstruction project. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution in this area and watch for slower moving traffic as it travels through the work zone.
State Route 585, Wayne County
SR 585, between Honeytown Rd. and Geyers Chapel Rd., is closed as part of an improvement project. The project will realign approximately one mile of SR 585, and improve the intersections of Thompson Rd. and Geyers Chapel Rd. Detour is posted.
Interstate 90, Ashtabula County
The following ramp closures are in place through late October:
The ramp from SR 11 northbound to I-90 westbound is closed. The detour is SR 11 northbound to Seven Hills Rd. to SR 11 southbound.
The ramp from I-90 westbound to SR 11 southbound is closed. The detour is SR 11 northbound to Seven Hills Rd. to SR 11 southbound.
Motorists traveling on I-90 westbound from just east of SR 45 to just east of SR 11 should be aware of a bi-directional traffic pattern. Although two lanes of traffic are maintained in each direction on I-90, westbound traffic is split, with one lane of westbound traffic crossed over onto I-90 eastbound, while the second lane remains on I-90 westbound.
Interstate 80, Mahoning County
Two lanes of traffic are maintained on I-80 eastbound between SR 46 and the Trumbull County line utilizing the far right lane and right shoulder. Also, the ramp from SR 11 northbound to I-80 eastbound is closed through mid-November for a bridge replacement and widening. The detour is I-680 southbound to SR 711 northbound.
Interstate 271, Summit County
The ramp from I-271 northbound to I-77 northbound is closed through late October for a bridge replacement. The detour is Brecksville Rd. to SR 176/Wheatley Rd. to I-77.
Motorists traveling on I-271 northbound from just south of Broadview Rd. to just south of SR 303 should be aware of a bi-directional traffic pattern. Although two lanes of traffic are maintained in each direction on I-271 northbound traffic is split, with one lane of northbound traffic crossed over onto I-271 southbound, while the second lane remains on I-271 northbound. The right lane that remains on I-271 northbound is considered an exit only lane for Brecksville Rd. and I-77 northbound. Motorists who wish to stay on I-271 northbound need to remain in the left lane which crosses over onto I-271 southbound.
Interstate 271, Summit County
The SR 82 entrance ramp to I-271 northbound is closed to relocate the entrance ramp to Freeway Drive through Wednesday, September 30. The detour during this time is SR 82 west to SR 8 south to I-271 north.
Interstate 90 George V. Voinovich Bridge, 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 St. exit ramp from I-90 east – along the downtown corridor are closed or restricted. Visit www.Innerbelt.org for more information.
Interstate 77 Bridge Deck Replacement, Cuyahoga County
The I-480 eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound is closed. Traffic is maintained on I-77 north and southbound between I-480 and SR 21 utilizing the crossover traffic pattern. Visit www.77bridgedeckreplacement.transportation.ohio.gov for detours and more information.
U.S. Route 6/State Route 2 Lakefront West, Cuyahoga County
The right lane is closed on State Route 2 east and westbound between Clifton Blvd. and the Main Ave. Bridge through fall 2015. The speed limit in both directions on SR 2 is reduced to 40 mph. Visit www.LakefrontWest.transportation.ohio.gov for more information.
East 105th St. Widening, Opportunity Corridor Section 1, Cuyahoga County
U.S. Route 23/U.S. Route 30, Wyandot County
U.S. 23/30 northbound and southbound at Upper Sandusky is currently reduced to one lane through the work zone for bridge and pavement repair and resurfacing. On U.S. 23 the zone extends from south of SR 182 to just south of CR 47, and on U.S. 30 from the U.S. 23 split to TR 103. The project will continue through October.
Interstate 75, Wood County
Widen I-75 to three lanes in both directions from Perrysburg to Findlay. 11-foot lane width restrictions and reduced speed limits are in place in the work zone.
Interstate 75, Lucas County
I-75, from the Anthony Wayne Trail to the I-75/280 interchange in Toledo is reduced to two lanes. 11-foot lane width restrictions and reduced speed limits are in place in the work zone. Various exit and entrance ramp closures are in place. Detours are posted.
Interstate 475, Lucas County
Through June 2016, 11-foot lane width restrictions will be in place on I-475 from Salisbury Rd./Dussel Dr. through the U.S. 23 interchange for bridge widening and interchange work.
State Route 2, Lucas County
The Anthony Wayne Bridge remains closed through November for bridge rehabilitation. Detour is posted.
U.S. 35, Jackson County
Operations for a grade separation project at U.S. 35 and C.R. 9 (Keystone Furnace Rd.) continue, and U.S. 35 is reduced to one lane in each direction at Keystone Furnace and McCarty Lane where crews are removing the median crossover. With the elimination of the crossover, motorists wanting to cross U.S. 35 will be diverted by way of the new overpass via Industry Dr. and Acey Ave. In addition, McCarty Lane and Keystone Furnace Rd. traffic will be limited to right-in/right-out only turns to and from U.S. 35.
S.R. 41, Adams County
S.R. 41 is closed immediately north of CR 19 (Suck Run Rd.), for the second stage of two-phase culvert replacement project. While it is closed, motorists will be detoured via U.S. 52 and S.R. 136.
State Route 7, Washington County
SR 7 is reduced to one lane in each direction between Belpre exit and Veto Rd. There are no width restrictions. Speed limit is reduced to 50 mph.
Interstate 77, Noble County
I-77 is reduced to one lane in each direction between Belle Valley exit and Guernsey County line. Speed limit is reduced to 60 mph.
Interstate 275, Hamilton County
Repair and reconstruct 5.5 miles of I-275 between I-74 and Winton Rd., including some bridge repair. 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
Reconstruct the I-75/Hopple St. interchange. The two left lanes of southbound I-75 are shifted onto northbound I-75 by way of two contraflow lanes located between south of the I-75/I-74 interchange and north of Harrison Ave. exit. These lanes do not have access to Hopple St. or Harrison Ave. exits. To exit at Hopple St. and Harrison Ave., southbound I-75 traffic must remain in the right lane of I-75. The right lane of southbound I-75 and the lane from eastbound I-74 remain on the southbound side of I-75. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.