Independence Day is the fourth-deadliest of all major travel holidays in Ohio, and alcohol-related crashes are mostly to blame.
Some alarming statistics:
• Alcohol-related crashes account for about 40 percent of Ohio’s fatalities and around 17 percent of serious injuries each year.
• Between 2006 and 2012, 3,076 people died and 11,695 people were seriously injured in Ohio in alcohol-related crashes.
• Male drivers between the ages of 21 and 30 accounted for the highest number of fatalities and serious injuries
• Most urbanized counties have a higher number of serious crashes associated with alcohol
• Many rural counties have a higher percentage of serious alcohol-related injuries or deaths when compared to the total number of serious crashes occurring within the county each year.
To ensure Ohio roads are safe this holiday weekend, motorists should DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER, or plan a safe way home before the fun begins. Start by designating a sober driver before drinking or use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
While construction work is suspended over the holiday, many permanent work zone restrictions remain in place. Below is a list of many of the notable highway construction projects that could impact your Independence Day holiday travel.
U.S. Route 23 (North Side), Franklin County
Three lanes of U.S. 23 north and two lanes of U.S. 23 south are maintained between Campus View Blvd. and Northwoods Blvd. All traffic has been shifted to the west side of the road so that crews can start digging the trench for the new travel. In addition to U.S. 23, some cross streets will be restricted.
Interstate 71, Delaware County
I-71 south will be reduced to two lanes between SR 36/37 and SR 61 for reconstruction and widening of the northbound lanes. Completion: November 1st.
U.S. Route 250, Harrison County
Two-way traffic is maintained with temporary traffic signals for a bridge project near Tappan Lake.
U.S. Route 62, Holmes County
U.S. 62 is closed two miles west of Winesburg for a culvert replacement project. A detour is posted.
State Route 7, Jefferson County
SR 7 is reduced to one lane between Brilliant and Rush Run for landslide repairs.
U.S. Route 250, Tuscarawas County
U.S. 250 is reduced to one, 12-foot lane in each direction between the SR 39/I-77 Interchange and the SR 259/Schoenbrunn exit for resurfacing work.
State Route 79, Licking County
Motorists should expect long delays this week, including July 3, in downtown Buckeye Lake, and on the two lane section of State Route 79 near State Route 37 due to a paving project in the Hebron and Buckeye Lake area. Work will be suspended on the 4th of July and over the weekend.
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 have temporarily changed.
Interstate 70, Montgomery County
I-70 between Arlington Rd. and Number Nine Rd. is under construction. Motorists will encounter a crossover lane in this area. One lane of I-70 westbound will be shifted to I-70 eastbound so that crews can work on the interstate. The two lanes of I-70 eastbound and the shifted lane of I-70 westbound will have a restricted width of 10 feet 5 inches. The right hand lane of I-70 westbound will remain 12 feet in width.
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 two lanes of traffic open both eastbound and westbound.
U.S. Route 250, Erie County
U.S. 250, at its intersection with Strub Rd. in Perkins Twp., has intermittent lane closures for work as part of an intersection improvement project. Two lanes of traffic are maintained at all times in each direction on U.S. 250. The project is expected to be complete in November 2014.
East Strub Rd. is closed as part of the intersection improvement project. Access to businesses along Strub Rd. will be maintained at all times; however, customers will need to access from Columbus Ave. No through traffic will be permitted. The road will be closed through mid-July 2014.
Interstate 90 and State Route 611, Lorain County
I-90, at its interchange with SR 611 (mile marker 151) in the city of Avon, is restricted to two narrowed lanes of traffic in each direction as part of a bridge rehabilitation project. SR 611 is also restricted to one lane of traffic in each direction. Motorists should expect delays and allow for extra time as they travel this area during the construction of this project, and are encouraged to find alternative routes around the project if possible. The project is scheduled to be complete in June 2015.
Interstate 90, Ashtabula County
Pavement replacement along I-90 from just west of SR 45 to just east of SR 11. The project also includes modifications to the I-90/SR 11 interchange and repairs to seven bridges along I-90. The following lane restrictions and ramp closures are in place:
SR 11 northbound and southbound is reduced to one lane in each direction over I-90 via a crossover
The SR 11 northbound ramp to I-90 westbound is closed through mid-October. The detour is SR 11 north to Seven Hills Rd. to SR 11 south to I-90.
The I-90 eastbound ramp to SR 11 northbound is closed through mid-October. The detour is SR 11 south to SR 46 to SR 11 north to I-90.
I-90 eastbound and westbound between SR 45 and SR 11 has various daily lane restrictions for roadway construction.
Interstate 77, Stark County
Resurfacing of I-77 from SR 800 to the Tuscarawas County line, project includes replacement of I-77 bridges over Gracemont Ave. Motorists traveling on I-77 southbound from Fohl Rd. to the Tuscarawas County line should be aware of a bi-directional traffic pattern. Although two lanes of traffic are maintained in each direction on I-77, southbound traffic is split, with one lane of southbound traffic crossed over onto I-77 northbound, while the second lane remains on I-77 southbound.
Interstate 271 in Richfield Village and Richfield Township
Pavement replacement along I-271 from Broadview Rd. to the Ohio turnpike. The following traffic restrictions are in place:
· SR 176/Broadview Rd. over I-271 is closed through early September for a bridge replacement. The detour is Brecksville Rd. and SR 303.
· SR 303 over I-271 is restricted to one lane in each direction for bridge work through early December.
· Motorists traveling on I-271 northbound between I-77 and the Ohio Turnpike 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.
Interstate 90 Major Pavement Reconstruction, Lake County
Two lanes of traffic are maintained in each direction on I-90 east and westbound between Morley Rd. and Painesville-Warren Rd. (SR 86) using the crossover traffic configuration through fall 2014.
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.
Interstate 77 Bridge Deck Replacement, Cuyahoga County
Through early-November the I-77 southbound ramp to I-480 westbound and the I-480 eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound are closed. Traffic is maintained on I-77 north and southbound between I-480 and SR 21 utilizing the crossover traffic pattern.
U.S. Route 422 Minor Rehabilitation, Geauga County
Through late-August, U.S. 422 east and westbound will be maintained with one lane in each direction between SR 306 and SR 44 utilizing a "contraflow" traffic pattern. Portable concrete barriers will be used to separate east and westbound traffic while one lane of U.S. 422 westbound is shifted onto the eastbound side of the highway.
U.S. Route 224, Findlay, Hancock County
Traffic on the U.S. 224 bridge over I-75, Findlay, is traveling on the north half of the bridge, one lane in each direction with no turn lanes, during a complete reconstruction of the interchange. All ramps at the interchange are currently open.
State Route 2, Lucas County
Rehabilitate the SR 2 bridge over the Maumee River. The Anthony Wayne Bridge remains closed through September 2015. Detour: Nevada Street; Miami Street; Greenwood Street.
Interstate 475, Lucas County
Through June 2015, 11-foot lane width restrictions will be in place on I-475 at the Ohio Turnpike.
State Route 125, Adams County
S.R. 125 is closed between Riley Hollow and Hazelbaker roads for a bridge replacement project. Motorists are being detoured via S.R. 348 and Blue Creek Rd. The closure is anticipated to be in effect through late summer 2014.
State Route 7, Lawrence County
S.R. 7 is reduced to one, 10-foot lane just east (north) of its junction with S.R. 527 at Chesapeake and west of C.R. 32 (Eaton Road) for a slide repair, as well as at the Indian Guyan Creek Bridge, just west of Proctorville, for a bridge replacement project. Traffic will be maintained in one lane at each location with temporary traffic signals. The slide repair project is scheduled to be completed in early summer, and the bridge replacement is scheduled to be completed by late fall 2014.
State Route 852, Scioto County
S.R. 852 is reduced to one lane in each direction between the Carl Perkins Bridge to Kentucky and S.R. 73/S.R. 104 North as part of a major rehabilitation project. Traffic will be maintained in a minimum of one lane in each direction at all times. The project is scheduled to be completed in late summer 2014.
State Route 7, Monroe County
State Route 7, located between Duffy and Hannibal, is reduced to one lane for pavement repairs.
State Route 724, Monroe County
State Route 724, located 0.15 miles east of the Noble County Line, will be CLOSED from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to allow for a landslide repair project. ODOT’s Official Detour: SR 724 to SR 260 to SR 145 back to SR 724.
Interstate 675, Greene County
Four-lane resurfacing of 5.5 miles of I-675 and all ramps within the project limits. One lane of southbound I-675 traffic is being maintained on the northbound side of I-675. 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/State Route 32, Clermont County
Major reconstruction and reconfiguration of the I-275/SR 32 interchange. Northbound traffic is rerouted onto the southbound side of I-275. With this “contraflow” configuration, the eastbound SR 32 ramp to northbound I-275 is closed and eastbound SR 32 traffic accesses northbound I-275 by turning left at the traffic signal. 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
Repair and reconstruction of 5.5 miles of I-275 between the I-74 interchange and Colerain Rd. exit. 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
Reconstruction of I-75 between the Hopple St. and Mitchell Ave. exits. While the permanent work zone restrictions remain in place, work is suspended over the holiday and there will be no additional lane closures.