Driving over the river and through the woods to a feast, a big football game or some holiday shopping this weekend?
Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year on Ohio’s roads. AAA predicts 2 million Ohioans will travel this weekend — nearly 90 percent of them will drive.
In addition to highway congestion, motorists can expect increased enforcement Wednesday as police watch for impaired driving on one of the year’s most popular nights for reunions at bars and restaurants.
The Ohio Department of Transportation also emphasized Tuesday that its website, OHGO.com, can help drivers with real-time traffic reports.
“The price we pay for sitting in traffic is significant. It’s time away from our families and money spent on wasted fuel,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.
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 affect travel plans:
•?Interstate 90 over 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.
•?U.S. Route 6/State Route 2 Lakefront West, Cuyahoga County: Right lane closed on state Route 2 (Shoreway) east and westbound between Clifton Boulevard and the Main Avenue Bridge on Cleveland’s west side through 2015.
•?East 105th Street, Cleveland: Closed in both directions between Cedar Avenue and Quebec Avenue until early December. Motorists are detoured East 100th St.
•?Interstate 90 in Austinburg, Plymouth and Saybrook Townships: I-90 eastbound and westbound between state Route 45 and just east of state Route 11 has occasional lane restrictions for road construction.
•?Interstate 80 in Weathershfield Township and Girard: Traffic on I-80 eastbound between the Mahoning County line and U.S. Route 422 is in a new pattern with two lanes maintained and traffic shifted utilizing the far right lane and right shoulder.
•?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 state Route 11 southbound and I-680 southbound have been relocated to the west, but they are open.
•?Interstate 270/U.S. Route 33: U.S. Route 33 is closed in both directions east of I-270 to build four new bridges. Two of the eight ramps at the interchange are also closed.
•?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. Drivers should expect occasional lane closures.
•?Interstate 70, Belmont County: I-70 twin bridge replacements near U.S. Route 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: Reduced to one lane between Brilliant and Rush Run for landslide repairs.
•?Interstate 75, Montgomery County: I-75 from Third Street to Main Street is under construction. Two lanes of traffic will remain open to northbound motorists. Three lanes will be open to southbound motorists.
•?Interstate 70, Montgomery County: I-70 between Airport Access Road and SR 48 is under construction. Two lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists in each direction.
•?Interstate 75, Miami/Shelby County: I-75 near County Road 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 County Road 25A is closed.
•?Interstate 75, Wood County: Road being widened to three lanes in both directions from Perrysburg to Findlay.
•?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.
•?Interstate 475, Lucas County: Bridge widening and interchange work from Salisbury Road/Dussel Drive through the U.S. Route 23 interchange.
•?U.S. Route 50, Athens County: Reduced to one lane in both directions from Della Drive to SR 329.
•?Interstate 75, Allen County: I-75 just north and south of the SR 65 interchange, Lima, will be routed 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: 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 Avenue interchanges.