Labor Day weekend has a significant impact on Ohio’s transportation network.
On one side, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) begins to wind down highway construction projects.
On the other side, motorists who choose to celebrate the end of summer a little too much may end up drinking and driving – an illegal act that left five people dead in traffic accidents this same weekend last year. In fact, during Labor Day weekend in 2012, combined with those five preventable deaths, there were 185 alcohol-related crashes and 107 injuries on Ohio’s highways.
Some of those crashes occurred in highway construction zones, which will begin to disappear as the summer comes to a close later in September.
“Labor Day is the beginning of a shift at ODOT to wrap up smaller projects, like culvert replacements and certain paving jobs,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “We will, however, continue work over the winter on mega-projects like the Columbus Crossroads and the Cleveland Innerbelt projects.”
Below is a list of notable highway construction projects that could impact your Labor Day weekend travel. 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.
ODOT, along with the Ohio Department of Public Safety and public safety agencies around the country, are participating in the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign to reduce alcohol-related crashes, injuries, and deaths. Reminders will be posted on ODOT’s freeway signs.
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 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
SR 79 north and southbound are reduced to one lane of traffic each way with an 11-foot width restriction
Bridge replacement and interchange reconstruction of SR 158 and I-70
Canal Rd. 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.
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 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 on I-75 in this area.
Interstate 75, Shelby County
Motorists will encounter construction in the area of I-75 near Sidney. Southbound motorists will notice a contraflow 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 90, Loraine County
I-90, 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 76, Medina County
I-76 between SR 57 and SR 21 in Summit County, 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. The I-76 westbound exit ramp to SR 94 will be maintained with narrowed lanes for repair work as part of this project.
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
The following lane restrictions and ramp closures are currently in place:
· Motorists traveling on I-90 westbound between Foreman Rd. and the Western Reserve Greenway Trail should be aware of a bi-directional traffic pattern. Although two lanes of traffic are maintained in each direction, westbound traffic will be split. One lane of westbound traffic is crossed over onto I-90 eastbound, while the second lane remains on I-90 westbound.
The I-90 westbound ramp to SR 11 southbound is closed through late September. The detour is SR 11 north to Seven Hills Rd. to SR 11 south.
The SR 11 southbound ramp to I-90 eastbound is closed through late September. The detour is SR 11 south to SR 46 to SR 11 north.
Interstate 680 and U.S. Route 224, Mahoning County
The following closure and restriction is currently in place at the I-680 and U.S. 224 interchange:
The ramp from I-680 northbound to U.S. 224 is closed through mid-October. The detour is Western Reserve Rd. to South Ave.
U.S. 224 between I-680 and Tiffany Blvd. is reduced to one lane in each direction for roadway widening and interchange modifications. Motorists should expect delays in this area.
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.
Interstate 90, Cuyahoga County
The I-90 Innerbelt Bridge through downtown Cleveland remains open; however, multiple ramps – including the Ontario St. 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.org 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 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 475, Lucas County
11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-475 at the Ohio Turnpike for bridge widening.
Alexis Rd., Lucas County
Alexis Rd. (SR 184) between Detroit Ave. and Enterprise Blvd. is reduced to one lane in both directions for bridge work.
Interstate 75, Allen County (Lima)
Two lanes in each direction maintained from just south of Fourth Street to Ohio 81 during reconstruction. The southbound ramps at Fourth St. are closed. The entrance ramp from Ohio 117/309 to northbound I-75 will close prior to the Labor Day holiday. Traffic detoured to Fourth Street. Work will continue through next year.
U.S. Route 52, Scioto County
U.S. 52 is reduced to one, 11-foot lane in each direction between T.R. 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. In addition, the exit ramp (Ramp A) from U.S. 52 East to SR 852 (Carl Perkins Bridge) is closed for bridge repair. The closure will be in effect through mid-October, and while the ramp is closed, motorists will be detoured via SR 239 to SR 73/104 at West Portsmouth. The project is anticipated to be completed in early fall 2014.
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
Reconstruction of existing I-75 with a lane addition north and southbound within the project limits. Additional work includes reconstruction of the I-75 interchange with Hopple St. Four lanes of northbound traffic will be maintained with traffic shifted to the east utilizing the existing east. Southbound I-75 contains a contraflow lane on southbound I-75 between Hopple St. and the Western Hills Viaduct, maintaining three lanes. The ramp from Bates Ave. to westbound I-74 is closed and there is a temporary ramp to westbound I-74 off Central Parkway. 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 I-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 Labor 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.