COLUMBUS — With a record 990 construction projects on Ohio’s state, U.S. and interstate routes this summer, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is urging motorists to “Know Before You Go” this July 4th weekend.
“While ODOT suspends work on major projects during the July 4th weekend, and others like it, lane restrictions and detours remain in place,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.
Motorists can obtain real-time construction information on ODOT’s OhGo.com web site.
Traffic fatalities are up 19 percent this year compared to last year. The leading causes of death include unbelted drivers and passengers, alcohol and speed. To help reverse this trend, ODOT will post Ohio traffic fatality statistics, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” messages during nights and weekends on freeway message signs beginning on the July 4th weekend.
With more cars on the road during the July 4th weekend, motorists can ease frustration by planning ahead, especially when driving through construction zones. Below are some of the state’s highway projects that could impact your travel:
INTERSTATE 70 EAST IS CLOSED AT INTERSTATE 270 ON THE WEST SIDE OF COLUMBUS DUE TO A TANKER FIRE THAT DAMAGED A BRIDGE ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 1.
The following ramps are also closed:
I-270 south to I-70 east
I-270 north to I-70 west and I-70 east to I-270 north
The detour is I-70 east to I-270 south to I-71 north or I-70 east.
Two lanes of I-70 east are expected to open Friday, July 3 at noon. Lanes will be restricted to 11 feet wide. The ramps will remain closed for 30 days while a section of the bridge is replaced and pavement repairs are made.
Starting Friday at noon, two lanes of I-70 east will cross over the median onto the westbound side of the road, travel over I-270 and then cross back over just before Wilson Rd.
U.S. Route 33, Franklin County
U.S. 33 is closed in both directions east of I-270 in Dublin. Two ramps are also closed:
· U.S. 33 west to I-270 south
· I-270 south to U.S. 33 east
Detours are marked:
· From U.S. 33 west: 270 north to Sawmill Pkwy. to I-270 south to U.S. 33 west
· From U.S. 33 east: I-270 south to Tuttle Crossing to I-270 north to U.S. 33 east
Interstate 70, Belmont County
Bridge rehabilitation and removal project about one-half mile east of the 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
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 the westbound on ramp to I-70, and both the I-70 eastbound ramps. The westbound off ramp remains open. Local northbound traffic wanting to access I-70 eastbound is detoured to Wheeling Island. Local traffic is detoured on U.S. 40 from Bridgeport to the Belmont CR 214 exit. Access to Bridgeport continues to be maintained; however, thru truck traffic is encouraged to use I-470 to avoid congestion and possible delays.
State Route 7, Jefferson County
SR 7 is reduced to one lane between Brilliant and Rush Run for landslide repairs.
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 70, Clark County
I-70 between Enon Rd. and U.S. 68 is under construction due to a lane addition project. Motorists will encounter orange barrels with at least two lanes open both eastbound and westbound.
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. The ramps at the I-75/SR 29 interchange in Sidney are also closed. 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. The project will be complete in November 2015.
U.S. Route 250, Erie County
U.S. 250, between the Outback Steakhouse and Perkins Ave., is reduced to one northbound lane of traffic at night to begin repairing curbs, driveways and drainage. Crews began work on the corridor improvement project between Bogart Rd. and Sycamore Line Rd. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained at all times during daytime hours, and the majority of work will take place from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. following morning. The project carries a completion date of September 2016.
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 of westbound traffic are maintained using a contraflow traffic pattern where one lane for local traffic is maintained on the westbound side. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained at all times in both directions. Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution while navigating this work zone and watch for slower moving traffic as it merges in to an open lane. The project is expected to be complete in October 2016.
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. The work is expected to be complete in September 2015.
Interstate 90 in Ashtabula County
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 271 Summit County
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 76/Kenmore Leg in Summit County
I-76/Kenmore Leg eastbound between I-77 and I-277 is CLOSED through mid-July for pavement repairs and resurfacing. As a result, the following ramps are closed through mid-July as well.
The ramp from I-277 westbound to I-76/Kenmore Leg eastbound. The detour is I-76 westbound to SR 21 northbound to I-7 southbound.
The ramp from I-76 eastbound to I-76/Kenmore Leg eastbound. The detour is I-277 eastbound to I-77 northbound.
The ramp from Kenmore Blvd. to I-76/Kenmore Leg eastbound. The detour will be Kenmore Blvd. to SR 93/Manchester Rd. to I-277 eastbound to I-77 northbound.
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. I-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 SR eastbound (inbound) between Clifton Blvd. and the Main Avenue 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 Street Widening, Opportunity Corridor Section 1, Cuyahoga County
East 105th St. is closed in both directions between Cedar Ave. and Quebec Ave. until about mid-October 2015. Motorists are detoured East 100th St. Visit www.OpportunityCorridor.transportation.ohio.gov for more information.
Interstate 75, Allen County
I-75 in Lima between Fourth St. and Cridersville is undergoing reconstruction of the existing lanes. Traffic is traveling in a contraflow pattern with one lane of southbound traffic traveling on the northbound side of the interstate separated by concrete barrier. Two lanes in each direction are maintained. No work which will impact traffic will take place from noon on Friday to 6 a.m. Monday.
U.S. Route 23/30, 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 zone will remain but no work will take place from noon on Friday to 6 a.m. Monday.
U.S. 23 Route southbound exit ramp to westbound U.S. 30, Wyandot County
U.S. 23 southbound exit ramp to westbound U.S. 30, Upper Sandusky, closed June 16 for approximately three weeks for pavement resurfacing and bridge deck repair. Traffic detoured onto U.S. 23 southbound to SR 199 to U.S. 23 northbound back to U.S. 30 westbound.
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. Route 23. Pike County
A resurfacing project is under way on U.S. 23, where crews are paving the route from approximately one mile south of SR 32 to the southern corporation limit of Waverly, as well as from just north of Waverly to the route’s junction with TR 438 (Park Road), approximately one-half mile south of the Ross County line. Throughout construction, traffic will be maintained in a minimum of one lane in each direction, and all work is scheduled to be completed in early fall.
U.S. Route 52, Scioto County
Eastbound U.S. 52 (Rhodes Ave.) is reduced to one, 12-foot lane through the village of New Boston for a resurfacing project. The project limits from just west of Manning St. to east of Clayport St. In addition to the road restriction, there will be no parking along the south side lanes during the project.
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.
U.S. Route 50, Athens County
U.S. 50 is reduced to one lane in each direction between Della Dr. and SR 329 for concrete pavement repairs. There are no width restrictions. Speed limit is reduced to 50 mph.
Interstate 75/Hopple St. Interchange, Hamilton County
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. 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.
Interstate 275, Hamilton County
Pavement rehabilitation and resurfacing on I-275 and the ramps between I-74 and approximately Struble Rd. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.
Interstate 275, Hamilton County
Major reconstruction and reconfiguration of the I-275/SR 32 interchange; widening of SR 32 and new underpass for Aicholtz Rd. under I-275. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.
Interstate 675, Greene County
Four-lane resurfacing on I-675 between Grange Hall Rd. and SR 235. North Fairfield Rd. at I-675 is reduced to one lane in each direction for bridge work. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.