crowded highways over July 4th holiday
zones will be reduced as much as possible
The July 4th holiday is typically one of the most traveled on Ohio roads.
Traffic volumes on Ohio highways increase by about 13 percent during the
holiday. AAA is predicting 1.9 million Ohioans will travel more than 50 miles
from home and the vast majority will drive to their destination.
“This increase in traffic means drivers
need to be a little more courteous and patient behind the wheel,” said Ohio
Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray. “The best way to avoid
frustrating traffic delays is to check the OHGO app before you head out the
door. You can see live traffic speeds, traffic cameras, and construction
project information on the app. It is a great tool for anyone traveling to and
With Ohio investing around $2 billion
into roads and bridges this year, orange barrels are going to be an unavoidable
part of holiday travels. You can find information about active construction
zones by clicking here.
“We work with our contractors to reduce
the size of work zones as much as possible during high-travel holidays,” Wray
said. “When you are driving in a work zone, it is important to pay extra
attention to signs and speed limits.”
ODOT is partnering with the Ohio State
Highway Patrol to remind drivers not to get behind the wheel while impaired.
More than 130 digital message boards will carry the message “BE A FIREWORK. SPARK
RESPONSIBLE DRIVING.” So far this year, 102 people have been killed in
alcohol-related crashes in Ohio. Last year, 13 people – including 6 in
alcohol-related crashes, were killed over the July 4th holiday.