AAA predicts 2 million Ohioans will travel this Thanksgiving holiday weekend – nearly 90 percent of them will drive. While construction work is suspended over the holiday, many ongoing work zone restrictions remain in place. Below is a list of many of the notable highway construction projects that could impact your Thanksgiving holiday travel:
Interstate 270/U.S. Route 33 – U.S. 33 is closed in both directions east of I-270 to build four new bridges. The detour is I-270 north to Sawmill Rd. to I-270 south to Tuttle Crossing Blvd. Two of the eight ramps at the interchange are also closed: Completion: December 11th.
· U.S. 33 west to I-270 south
Detour: U.S. 33 west to I-270 north to Sawmill Rd. to I-270 south
· I-270 south to U.S. 33 east
Detour: I-270 south to Tuttle Crossing Blvd. to I-270 north to U.S. 33 east
Interstate 70, Guernsey County
Crews are continuing to work on the I-70 bridges over SR 265, as part of a bridge widening and deck replacement project. Traffic is currently shifted over, with a portion of the driving lanes on the outside shoulders. This traffic pattern will be in effect until Phase 1 of the project is completed in the spring. Drivers should expect occasional lane closures, as well, during hours when traffic is not at its peak. Concrete deck work is in progress.
Interstate 70, Belmont County
I-70 twin bridge replacements on Lady Bend Hill near U.S. 40 (Exit 204) between Morristown and Barnesville. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction.
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 both the I-70 eastbound ramps.
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 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. Motorists need to stay alert.
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.
U.S. Route 6/State Route 2 Lakefront West, Cuyahoga County
The right lane is closed on SR 2 (the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway) east and westbound between Clifton Blvd. and the Main Ave. Bridge on Cleveland’s west side through 2015. The speed limit in both directions on SR 2 is permanently reduced to 35 mph. Visit www.LakefrontWest.transportation.ohio.gov for more information.
East 105th St. Widening, Opportunity Corridor Section 1, Cuyahoga County
East 105th St. is closed in both directions between Cedar Ave. and Quebec Ave. on Cleveland’s east side until about early December 2015. Motorists are detoured East 100th St. Visit www.OpportunityCorridor.transportation.ohio.gov for more information.
Interstate 90 in Austinburg, Plymouth and Saybrook Townships
I-90 eastbound and westbound between SR 45 and just east of SR 11 has occasional lane restrictions for road construction. This work is part of a $68 million project to replace pavement 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.
Interstate 80 in Weathershfield Township and the City of Girard
Traffic on I-80 eastbound between the Mahoning County line and U.S. 422 is in a new pattern with two lanes maintained and traffic shifted utilizing the far right lane and right shoulder. This work is part of a $91.5 million project to widen I-80 between SR 11 and SR 193.
Interstate 80, Mahoning County
Motorists should be aware of a new traffic pattern on I-80 with eastbound and westbound traffic utilizing the left shoulder and far left lane. Also the ramps from I-80 eastbound to SR 11 southbound and I-680 southbound have been relocated to the west; however, they remain OPEN.
State Route 2, Lucas County
The Anthony Wayne Bridge is now open to traffic.
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/I-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.
U.S. Route 50, Athens County
U.S. 50 is reduced to one lane in both directions from Della Dr. to SR 329. There are no width restrictions. Speed limit is reduced to 50 mph.
Interstate 75, Allen County
I-75 just north and south of the SR 65 interchange, Lima, will be traveling in a contraflow pattern with two southbound lanes and one northbound lane traveling on the southbound side of the interstate, separated by concrete barrier, and one northbound lane traveling on the northbound side.
Interstate 75, Hamilton County
Reconstruct the I-75/Hopple St. interchange. A traffic shift will place three lanes of southbound I-75 traffic on the west side of I-75 between the I-74 and Harrison Ave. interchanges. One lane of southbound I-75 traffic will remain in a contraflow position on northbound I-75 between I-74 and Harrison. Northbound I-75 traffic will not be affected and will remain unchanged. 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, Hamilton County
I-71 northbound between Dana Ave. and Victory Pkwy. will have short-term, full closures from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25.