Holiday road safety stressed

COLUMBUS Independence Day is the fourth-deadliest of all major travel holidays in Ohio, and alcohol-related crashes are mostly to blame. Some alarming statistics:

– Alcohol-related crashes account for about 40 percent of Ohio’s fatalities and around 17 percent of serious injuries each year.

– Between 2006 and 2012, 3,076 people died and 11,695 people were seriously injured in Ohio in alcohol-related crashes.

– Male drivers between the ages of 21 and 30 accounted for the highest number of fatalities and serious injuries

– Most urbanized counties have a higher number of serious crashes associated with alcohol

– Many rural counties have a higher percentage of serious alcohol-related injuries or deaths when compared to the total number of serious crashes occurring within the county each year.

To ensure Ohio roads are safe this holiday weekend, motorists should DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER, or plan a safe way home before the fun begins. Start by designating a sober driver before drinking or use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.

While construction work is suspended over the holiday, many permanent work zone restrictions remain in place. Below is a list of many of the notable highway construction projects that could impact your Independence Day holiday travel.

CENTRAL OHIO

U.S. Route 23 (North Side), Franklin County

Three lanes of U.S. 23 north and two lanes of U.S. 23 south are maintained between Campus View Blvd. and Northwoods Blvd. All traffic has been shifted to the west side of the road so that crews can start digging the trench for the new travel. In addition to U.S. 23, some cross streets will be restricted.

Interstate 71, Delaware County

I-71 south will be reduced to two lanes between SR 36/37 and SR 61 for reconstruction and widening of the northbound lanes. Completion: November 1st.

EASTERN OHIO

U.S. Route 250, Harrison County

Two-way traffic is maintained with temporary traffic signals for a bridge project near Tappan Lake.

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

SR 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 SR 39/I-77 Interchange and the SR 259/Schoenbrunn exit for resurfacing work.

State Route 79, Licking County

Motorists should expect long delays this week, including July 3, in downtown Buckeye Lake, and on the two lane section of State Route 79 near State Route 37 due to a paving project in the Hebron and Buckeye Lake area. Work will be suspended on the 4th of Ju

SOUTHEASTERN OHIO

State Route 7, Monroe County

State Route 7, located between Duffy and Hannibal, is reduced to one lane for pavement repairs.

State Route 724, Monroe County

State Route 724, located 0.15 miles east of the Noble County Line, will be CLOSED from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to allow for a landslide repair project. ODOT’s Official Detour: SR 724 to SR 260 to SR 145 back to SR 724.

Holiday road safety stressed

COLUMBUS Independence Day is the fourth-deadliest of all major travel holidays in Ohio, and alcohol-related crashes are mostly to blame. Some alarming statistics:

  • Alcohol-related crashes account for about 40 percent of Ohio’s fatalities and around 17 percent of serious injuries each year.
  • Between 2006 and 2012, 3,076 people died and 11,695 people were seriously injured in Ohio in alcohol-related crashes.
  • Male drivers between the ages of 21 and 30 accounted for the highest number of fatalities and serious injuries
  • Most urbanized counties have a higher number of serious crashes associated with alcohol
  • Many rural counties have a higher percentage of serious alcohol-related injuries or deaths when compared to the total number of serious crashes occurring within the county each year.

To ensure Ohio roads are safe this holiday weekend, motorists should DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER, or plan a safe way home before the fun begins. Start by designating a sober driver before drinking or use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.

While construction work is suspended over the holiday, many permanent work zone restrictions remain in place. Below is a list of many of the notable highway construction projects that could impact your Independence Day holiday travel.

CENTRAL OHIO

U.S. Route 23 (North Side), Franklin County

Three lanes of U.S. 23 north and two lanes of U.S. 23 south are maintained between Campus View Blvd. and Northwoods Blvd. All traffic has been shifted to the west side of the road so that crews can start digging the trench for the new travel. In addition to U.S. 23, some cross streets will be restricted.

Interstate 71, Delaware County

I-71 south will be reduced to two lanes between SR 36/37 and SR 61 for reconstruction and widening of the northbound lanes. Completion: November 1st.

EASTERN OHIO

U.S. Route 250, Harrison County

Two-way traffic is maintained with temporary traffic signals for a bridge project near Tappan Lake.

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

SR 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 SR 39/I-77 Interchange and the SR 259/Schoenbrunn exit for resurfacing work.

State Route 79, Licking County

Motorists should expect long delays this week, including July 3, in downtown Buckeye Lake, and on the two lane section of State Route 79 near State Route 37 due to a paving project in the Hebron and Buckeye Lake area. Work will be suspended on the 4th of Ju

SOUTHEASTERN OHIO

State Route 7, Monroe County

State Route 7, located between Duffy and Hannibal, is reduced to one lane for pavement repairs.

State Route 724, Monroe County

State Route 724, located 0.15 miles east of the Noble County Line, will be CLOSED from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to allow for a landslide repair project. ODOT’s Official Detour: SR 724 to SR 260 to SR 145 back to SR 724.