ODOT Memorial Day Travel Advisory


Pay extra attention when driving through work zones and always BUCKLE UP!

That’s the message from the Ohio Department of Transportation and they are right on target! Memorial Day is nearly upon us, marking the unofficial start of the summer vacation season. That means higher traffic volume throughout Ohio and the busiest time of year for highway construction. ODOT’s Memorial Day Travel Advisory 2017 notes that Ohio typically sees a 14% increase in traffic during the Memorial Day weekend, making it the fourth highest traveled holiday of the year. This year AAA predicts that 1.4 million Ohioans will drive more than 50 miles from home during the holiday!

Because of the higher traffic volume, ODOT works to reduce the size of work zones as much as possible during the holiday weekend. Motorists are encouraged to drive with extra care and plan ahead by checking OHGO.com for work zone locations and live traffic conditions.

“We really need drivers to pay extra attention when passing through work zones. Even though we do what we can to make them as safe as possible, work zones can be dangerous places,” said Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray. “Last year, there were 6,041 work zone crashes resulting in 28 deaths. Drivers need to slow down and be alert, especially in work zones.”

ODOT’s Memorial Day Travel Advisory provides a detailed list of Ohio highway projects that could impact travel.

Additionally, more than 130 digital highway message boards will display “CLICK IT OR TICKET” and “BUCKLE UP BUCKEYES” over the Memorial Day holiday. Last year, of the 15 traffic deaths over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, 4 were not wearing a seat belt.

Buckle up, travel safely and enjoy the holiday!



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