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November 27, 2021

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Driving safely this holiday weekend

AAA predicts that nearly 2.2 million Ohioans will be traveling between Wednesday, Nov. 24 and Sunday Nov. 28, a large increase compared to 2020. Nearly 90% of these travelers are driving to their destinations.

With the extra holiday traffic, the Ohio Department of Transportation will suspend roadwork and open as many lanes as possible. However, drivers can expect delays in work zones on I-75 in Toledo, Dayton, and Cincinnati, I-70 in Springfield and Zanesville, I-70/71 in downtown Columbus, and I-76 and I-77 in Akron. A map of all active work zones, updated traffic conditions, and nearly 1,000 live traffic cameras is available at www.OHGO.com.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to take special care this holiday weekend. Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday reporting period, there were 11 fatal crashes that killed 11 people on Ohio’s roadways. Five of those fatalities were the result of impaired driving and four were unbuckled when a seatbelt was available.

Troopers will have an increased presence on Ohio’s roadways to promote a safe Thanksgiving holiday.