The Ohio Department of Transportation reported that there are several areas of highway construction that may slow your Labor Day travel in central Ohio.
Here's the major areas to avoid if possible, according to ODOT:
Interstates 71/670, Franklin County
Two lanes are being maintained on I-71 and I-670 throughout the 1.7 mile construction zone. Access to the airport is not impacted. The reduced speed of 45 mph is strictly enforced. Any interstate closures are during overnights and weekends and prior notification is given.
Interstate 270, Franklin County
Three lanes will be maintained in each direction between Roberts Rd. and Broad St. One of the three southbound lanes will be a contraflow lane. The contraflow lane begins just south of Roberts Rd. and means the left lane of southbound traffic will cross over to the northbound side of the road. A portable barrier wall will separate the southbound contraflow lane and the three northbound lanes. Motorists traveling southbound who wish to exit at I-70 or Broad Street should stay in the right two lanes of I-270 south. The contraflow lane can be used as an express lane for those who do not wish to exit at I-70 or Broad St. Two lanes will be maintained in each direction between Broad St. and U.S. 62. All ramps will remain open. The speed limit through the work zone will be reduced to 55 mph so drivers should allow for extra time for their commute and remain alert since this is a seven mile construction zone.
ODOT along with Ohio Public Safety officials also remind motorist to not drink and drive.
During the 2011 Labor Day weekend, there were 145 alcohol-related crashes resulting in 90 injuries and four deaths.
Authorities plan to increase patrols and sobriety checkpoints over the weekend.
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