Orange barrels on the highway won’t be taking a break this Fourth of July weekend and the Ohio Department of Transportation has released a list of construction hot spots that could likely slow down motorists.
AAA of the Miami Valley predicted that with the Independence Day holiday travel period beginning Friday, nearly 1.7 million Ohioans will be taking a trip. That’s up 1.7 percent over last year.
Most will travel by car, AAA, said, with 1.5 million Ohio motorists hitting the road, a 2 percent increase over last year.
Highway construction workers won’t be on the job, but work zone lane restrictions remain in place.
Motorists should be on the alert for slow or stopped traffic or make plans to detour around them. Here’s a look at highway danger zones across the state this weekend:
LOCAL HOT SPOTS
* Interstate 75, Montgomery County: I-75 from Third Street to Main Street 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 Road and Number Nine Road 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. The right hand lane of I-70 westbound will remain 12 feet in width.
* Interstate 70, Clark County: I-70 between Enon Road 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.
* 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/Ohio 32, Clermont County: Major reconstruction and reconfiguration of the I-275/Ohio 32 interchange. Northbound traffic is rerouted onto the southbound side of I-275. With this “contraflow” configuration, the eastbound Ohio 32 ramp to northbound I-275 is closed and eastbound Ohio 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 Road 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 Street and Mitchell Avenue exits. 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, Delaware County: I-71 south will be reduced to two lanes between Ohio 36/37 and Ohio 61 for reconstruction and widening of the northbound lanes.
* 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: State Route 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 Ohio 39/I-77 interchange and the Ohio 259/Schoenbrunn exit for resurfacing work.
* Ohio 79, Licking County: Motorists should expect long delays this week, including July 3, in downtown Buckeye Lake, and on the two lane section of Ohio 79 near Ohio 37 due to a paving project in the Hebron and Buckeye Lake area.
* U.S. Route 250, Erie County: U.S. 250, at its intersection with Strub Road 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.
* Interstate 90 and Ohio 611, Lorain County: I-90, at its interchange with Ohio 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.
* Interstate 90, Ashtabula County: Pavement replacement along I-90 from just west of Ohio 45 to just east of Ohio 11. The project also includes modifications to the I-90/Ohio 11 interchange and repairs to seven bridges along I-90. Lane restrictions and ramp closures are in place.
* 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 Road 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 Road to the Ohio Turnpike. The following traffic restrictions are in place:
* Interstate 90 Major Pavement Reconstruction, Lake County: Two lanes of traffic are maintained in each direction on I-90 east and westbound between Morley Road and Painesville-Warren Road (Ohio 86) using the crossover traffic configuration.
* 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 Street 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 Ohio 21 utilizing the crossover traffic pattern.
* 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.
* State Route 2, Lucas County: Rehabilitate the Ohio 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: Ohio 125 is closed between Riley Hollow and Hazelbaker roads for a bridge replacement project. Motorists are being detoured via Ohio 348 and Blue Creek Road.
* State Route 7, Lawrence County: Ohio 7 is reduced to one, 10-foot lane just east (north) of its junction with Ohio 527 at Chesapeake and west of County Route 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.
* State Route 852, Scioto County: Ohio 852 is reduced to one lane in each direction between the Carl Perkins Bridge to Kentucky and Ohio 73/Ohio 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.