ODOT reminds travelers of safety over holiday weekend


COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Transportation announced several area road projects that could affect travel over the July 4 weekend.

Traffic will be heavy this weekend due to a record number of travelers. Motorists can avoid traffic tie-ups during the holiday by using ODOT’s new mobile app — OHGO — for personal traffic alerts, information on road construction and travel delays, and hands-free voice on the go. The app is available on the App Store and Google Play.

Halfway through 2016, the number of fatalities in Ohio is down 2 percent from this time last year. Of the 452 fatalities, 129 have been alcohol related. The July 4 holiday has one of the highest rates of drunk driving crashes each year. When celebrating, ODOT reminds you to do it responsibly. As a reminder of the deadly cost of drunk driving, motorists will see “Freedom Doesn’t Include Driving Drunk” messages on signs over freeways this weekend.

Traffic on Interstate 75 north and south of the State Route 65 interchange in Lima is traveling in a contraflow pattern where two southbound lanes and one northbound lane of traffic are traveling on the southbound side of the interstate, and one northbound lane is traveling on the northbound side of the interstate. Traffic will remain in this pattern until late summer during reconstruction of the interstate.

State Route 309 from Bowman Road in Lima to State Route 235 in Ada will be closed June 6 for approximately 70 days for culvert replacements at several locations. Access to area residences is maintained. Through traffic is detoured onto State Route 235, State Route 81 and I-75 back to State Route 309. The entire length of roadway is closed to through traffic. Those not residing within or traveling to a business within the project area will be subject to fines by law enforcement.

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