COLUMBUS - As we approach the Memorial Day holiday, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) reminds motorists that more vehicles on the road combined with roughly 1,000 construction zones around the state may result in slowdowns and possible crashes.
"The easiest, most effective way to stay safe in construction zones and on Ohio's highways is to slow down and wear a seat belt," said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. "Last year, 61 percent of the people killed on Ohio roadways were not wearing a seat belt. That's a startling and in some cases a preventable statistic."
Law enforcement across the state kicked off the 2013 national Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement mobilization effort on May 20 to help save lives by cracking down on those who don't buckle up. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts saved an estimated 11,949 lives nationwide in 2011. This year's Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs through June 2.
While construction work may be suspended over the holiday in many work zones, some permanent restrictions may remain in place. Below is a list of notable highway construction projects that could impact your Memorial Day weekend travel.
Interstate 270, Franklin County
Three lanes will be maintained in each direction between Broad St. and Roberts Rd. One of the three northbound lanes will be an express lane. Drivers who wish to exit at Broad St. or I-70 should stay in the right two lanes of I-270 north, NOT the express lane. The ramp from I-270 north to I-70 east is closed until June 3. The detour is I-270 north to Cemetery Rd. to I-270 south to I-70 east. Two lanes will be maintained in each direction between U.S. 62 and Broad St. The speed limit in the work zone is 55 mph so drivers should allow for extra time for their commute through this seven-mile construction zone.
Interstates 71/670, Franklin County
Two lanes are maintained in each direction on I-71 and I-670 throughout the construction zone.
Access to the airport is not impacted. The reduced speed of 45 mph is strictly enforced.
Interstate 71, Delaware and Morrow Counties
Work continues to widen the final 25-mile section of I-71 between Columbus and Cleveland to three lanes. Two lanes of traffic are maintained in each direction.
Interstate 77, Tuscarawas County
Almost 4 miles of resurfacing from the Guernsey County line to just south of Newcomerstown. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction during the week, but all lanes must remain open to traffic by noon on Friday through Sunday.
Interstate 70, Licking County
Three bridge replacements, an interchange reconfiguration and bridge repair, and interchange reconstruction projects are ongoing in Licking County on I-70. The project locations are:
· Bridge replacement located at the Muskingum/Licking County line
· Interchange reconfiguration and bridge repair at the SR 79 interchange
· Bridge replacement and interchange reconstruction of SR 158 and IR 70
· Bridge replacement 2 miles west of SR 79
Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction at the projects listed above on I-70, and two-lane traffic will be maintained on SR 158.
U.S. Route 62, Holmes County
U.S. 62 is closed to traffic for construction of a pedestrian/bike tunnel under the roadway. Beginning at the intersection of U.S. 62 and SR 514/SR 205 in the village of Danville, Knox County, traffic is being detoured north on SR 514 to the intersection of SR 514 and SR 39 in the village of Nashville, then east on SR 39 back to U.S. 62 in Millersburg, and reverse.
State Route 7, Jefferson County
SR 7 is reduced to one lane between Brilliant and Rush Run for landslide repairs.
Interstate 75, Dayton, Montgomery County
I-75 from Edwin C. Moses Blvd. 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 motorists in each direction. Three lanes will be open in certain areas. Motorists need to stay alert, as traffic patterns are currently not in their traditional places at this location.
Interstate 75 Sidney, Shelby County
Motorists will encounter construction in the area of I-75 near Sidney. Southbound motorists will notice a lane which will take a portion of southbound traffic onto the northbound side. Two lanes of traffic will remain open on I-75 in this area.
Interstate 75/ U.S. Route 36, Piqua, Miami County
Motorists will encounter construction in the area of I-75 and US 36 near Piqua. Two lanes of traffic will remain open on I-75 in this area.
U.S. Route 35, Dayton, Montgomery County
U.S. 35 is under construction just east of I-75. Two lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction. Drivers need to stay alert and watch for changing traffic patterns in that area.
Interstate 90, Lorain County
I-90, at its twin bridge structures over the Black River and Ford Rd., 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.
Interstate 90, Cuyahoga County
The I-90 Innerbelt Bridge through downtown Cleveland remains open; however, multiple ramps - including the Ontario Street 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.orgfor more information.
Interstate 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 76, Medina County
I-76, between SR 57 and the Summit County line, is reduced to narrowed lanes of traffic for a rehabilitation project. Two lanes of traffic westbound are being maintained using the contraflow traffic configuration. Eastbound traffic is reduced to one lane between SR 57 and SR 94, and two lanes between SR 94 and the Summit County line.
Interstate 71, Morrow County
I-71, 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 as part of a reconstruction and widening project. Two 11 foot lanes are being maintained in each direction and I-71 northbound is using a crossover traffic pattern through the remainder of the project.
Interstate 90, Ashtabula County
Traffic traveling on I-90 eastbound from just east of the Conneaut River to the Pennsylvania State line has been crossed over onto the westbound lanes. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained at all times in both directions separated by a barrier wall. Furnace Rd. and South Ridge Rd. under I-90 are closed. All Detours are posted.
Interstate 90, Ashtabula County
SR 11 over I-90 is reduced to one lane in each direction via a crossover. The I-90 westbound ramp to SR 11 southbound is closed and the SR 11 southbound ramp to I-90 eastbound is closed through late September. All detours are posted.
Interstate 77, Stark County
Motorists traveling on I-77 northbound from the Tuscarawas County line to Fohl Rd. should be aware of a bi-directional traffic pattern. Although two lanes of traffic are maintained in each direction, northbound traffic is currently split. One lane of northbound traffic is crossed over onto I-77 southbound, while the second lane remains on I-77 northbound. Dueber Ave. over I-77 is also closed. A detour is posted.
U.S. Route 422, Trumbull County
U.S. 422 approximately one mile east of SR 5/82 is reduced to one lane in each direction for a bridge replacement. All traffic is now placed on the eastbound lanes of the bridge on U.S. 422 over the Mahoning River.
U.S. Route 322 (Mayfield Rd.) Resurfacing, Cuyahoga County
U.S. 322 (Mayfield Rd) westbound between County Line Rd. and SR 91 (SOM Center Rd) is closed in the Village of Gates Mills through approximately early-August 2013. Detour via Caves Rd. north, Wilson Mills/Brigham Rd. west and SR 91 south to U.S. 322.
State Route 93, Summit County
SR 93 from just south of Proehl Ave. to just north of Cormany Rd. is reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction for roadway widening. Robinson Ave. just east of SR 93 is closed a detour is 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.
Interstate 75, Allen County
Interstate 75 at SR 117 and SR 309 will have two lanes of traffic in each direction maintained throughout the holiday weekend due to pavement reconstruction, replacement of mainline bridges and reconstruction of the interchanges. There will be no lane restrictions throughout the holiday weekend. All ramp entrances and exits are currently available.
U.S. Route 68, Hardin County
U.S. 68 at SR 67 over the Scioto river in Kenton is closed for a bridge deck replacement. Traffic is detoured onto SR 309, SR 31 and SR 67 back to U.S. 68.
State Route 53, Wyandot County
Ohio 53 north of Upper Sandusky is closed north and south of TR 42 for culvert replacements. Traffic is detoured to SR 67 and SR 103 back to SR 53. Work is being performed by Helms and Sons, Findlay.
Alexis Road, Lucas County
Alexis Road (SR 184) between Detroit Avenue and Enterprise Boulevard is reduced to one lane in both directions for bridge work.
U.S. Route 52, Scioto County
U.S. 52 is reduced to one, 11-foot lane in each direction between TR 569 (Old U.S. 52) near the SR 239 interchange and the Scioto River bridges at the Portsmouth corporation limit for a major rehabilitation project. Traffic is being maintained in one, 11-foot lane in each direction, and on/off-ramps are reduced to 10-foot lanes.
State Route 104, Ross County
S.R. 104 (South Bridge Street) is closed at the southern corporation limit of Chillicothe for a bridge replacement project. The bridge is situated over the CSX-Glatfelter Railroad, between Southern and Eastern avenues. Motorists are being detoured via Eastern Ave. and U.S. 23 to S.R. 104.
U.S. Route 50, Athens County
U.S. 52 is reduced to one lane in each direction beginning at the U.S. 50/SR 7 interchange and ending near CR 62 to allow for a four-lane resurfacing project. There will be a 16-foot width restriction in place during the project.
U.S. Route 33, Hocking County
U.S. 33 is reduced to one lane in each direction near the SR 664 intersection for working being completed on the state's first-ever double roundabout. There will be a 12-foot width restriction in place during the project.
U.S. Route 33, Hocking County
Motorists traveling westbound on U.S. 33 will encounter a median crossover traffic pattern (located near the interchange of SR 328 to allow for a bridge demolition project. Once work is complete on the westbound bridge, the crossover traffic pattern will impact eastbound motorists. The speed limit will be reduced to 55 MPH through the work zone.
Interstate 75, Hamilton County
Complete reconstruction of existing I-75 with a lane addition northbound and southbound within the project limits. Additional work includes complete reconstruction of the I-75 interchange with Hopple Street. Four lanes of northbound traffic will be maintained with traffic shifted to the east utilizing the existing east shoulder 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.
Interstate 75, Hamilton County
Interchange improvement of just over one mile of Interstate 75 including the replacement of the Clifton/Mitchell avenues structure. Speed is reduced to 45 mph in the construction zone. Southbound I-75 contains a contraflow lane, maintaining three lanes 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 71, Warren County
Jeremiah Morrow Bridge replacement project will have no lane restrictions on north or southbound I-71 during the Memorial Day weekend. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.
State Route 122, Warren County
Relocation of SR 123, and reconstruction of SR 122, 123 and 741 at the five-point intersection in Red Lion. The west leg of SR122 and the north leg of SR 123 in Red Lion are closed and detours are posted. The permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, and the contractor plans to work on Saturday, May 25.