By Frank Lewis
Labor Day may not be cause for celebration for some: Swimming pools close, summer vacations end and schools return to session. But for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Labor Day means some major construction projects around the state – many that have been under construction for multiple years – are wrapping up and will soon be open to motorists.
One of those projects is the U.S. 52, West Portsmouth rehab that has brought about delays, detours and lane-switches for what might seem to some motorists to have been years.
The $12 million, two-year rehabilitation project between the Ohio 239 interchange and the Scioto River bridges in Portsmouth is scheduled to be nearing completion in time for winter driving.
“This was a record year for ODOT,” ODOT Director Jerry Wray said. “Crews worked on more than 900 construction projects. Motorists have demonstrated significant patience during the summer construction season and all of us are pretty happy to see many of those orange barrels disappear.”
Wray said, of the remaining projects still under construction, some could impact your Labor Day weekend travel. Although work is suspended in most construction zones over the holiday weekend, motorists should plan alternate routes or allow additional travel time to avoid work zone congestion, delays or more serious highway incidents. Up-to-date traffic information is available 24 hours a day at www.OHGO.com.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 1928, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.