Milestone Reached on NW Side I-270 Project


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I-270 between Cemetery Rd and Dublin

MILESTONE REACHED ON ODOT’S NORTHWEST SIDE PROJECT

The Interstate 270 project between Hilliard and Dublin will reach a major milestone this Friday night. Weather permitting, northbound 270 traffic will be switched onto new pavement so crews can complete construction on the outside lanes. To make this happen, several ramps and lanes will be closed. Details below.

The project that will add a lane in each direction of I-270 between Hilliard and Dublin is set to be complete this fall.

FRIDAY JULY 13, 2018

• 7 PM: I-270 NB reduced to two lanes between Cemetery Rd. and US 33

• 7 PM: The following ramps will close:

• I-270 NB to Cemetery Rd. EB

Detour: I-270 NB to Sawmill Rd. to I-270 SB to Cemetery Rd.

• I-270 NB to US 33 EB

Detour: I-270 NB to Sawmill Rd. to I-270 SB to US 33 WB

• 8 PM: Ramp from I-270 NB to Cemetery Rd. WB closes.

Detour: I-270 NB to Sawmill Rd. to I-270 SB to Cemetery Rd. WB.

• 9 PM: Ramp from I-270 NB to Tuttle Crossing Blvd. closes.

Detour: I-270 NB to Sawmill Rd. to I-270 SB to Tuttle Crossing Blvd.

• 10 PM: I-270 NB is reduced to one lane

• 10 PM: The following ramps will close:

• Ramp from Cemetery Rd. WB to I-270 NB closes

Detour: I-270 SB to Roberts Rd. to I-270 NB

• Ramp from Tuttle Crossing Blvd. to I-270 NB closes

Detour: I-270 SB to Roberts Rd. to I-270 NB

• 8 AM SATURDAY: All ramps are open and I-270 NB is reduced to two lanes between Cemetery Rd. and US 33.

• 11 AM SATURDAY: All lanes on I-270 NB are traveling on new pavement.

Upcoming Work in Delaware County

Lane restrictions on US 42 and culvert replacement on US 36

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

DELAWARE COUNTY

TUESDAY, JULY 17 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

US 42

US 42 between William St. and Horseshoe Rd.

• 8:30 AM DAILY: US 42 will be reduced to one lane in each direction for resurfacing.

• 5:00 PM DAILY: All lanes open

• Please Note: All lanes will be open July 22-29 due to the Iron Man event.

MONDAY, JULY 23 – FRIDAY, JULY 27

US 36

US 36 between Klondike Rd. and Section Line Rd.

• 8 AM Monday 7/23/18: US 36 will close in both directions for culvert replacement

• 3 PM Friday 7/27/18: All lanes open

Delaware Co: SR 315 Work Extended

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

DELAWARE COUNTY

THURSDAY, JULY 12 – FRIDAY, JULY 13

315 Shale

SR 315 south of SR 750

• 9 AM: SR 315 will be reduced to one lane of two-way traffic for drainage work

• Remaining work requires special equipment to cut through the shale

• Traffic will be maintained with flaggers

• 3 PM: All lanes open

LICKING COUNTY: Upcoming Work on SR 16 in Newark

Upcoming Work on SR 16 in Newark

16

Beginning Saturday morning, July 14, at 1:00am, SR 16 WB will be restricted to one lane just east of Hudson Avenue for work on the bridge.

• Estimated completion: Monday morning, July 16, at 8:00am

SR 4 Closure from 7/9/18 to 7/20/18

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

MARION COUNTY

SR 4 between Township Rd. 68 and Morral-Kirkpatrick Rd.

• 7 AM TODAY: SR 4 will close for culvert replacement. DETOUR: SR 4 to SR 294 to SR 231 to US 23 to SR 4 and reverse.

• 3 PM FRIDAY 7/20/18: All lanes open.

Updated US 33 Construction for 7/12/18 through 7/20/18

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

UNION COUNTY

US 33

US 33 between SR 739 and SR 245

• 6 PM 7/12/18: US 33 EB will be reduced to one lane for paving. All lanes will reopen each morning.

• 6 PM (7/12/18 only): The ramp from US 33 EB to SR 739 will close for paving. DETOUR: US 33 EB to Honda Parkway. The ramp will reopen at 5 AM.

• 6 PM (7/12/18 only): The ramp from SR 739 to US 33 EB will close for paving. DETOUR: SR 739 to US 33 WB to SR 347 to US 33 EB. The ramp will reopen at 5 AM.

• 6 AM 7/20/18: All lanes open.

DELAWARE COUNTY ENGINEER

Stover Excavating will be closing Lackey Old State Road at Berlin Station Road for road widening July 16, 2018 through August 31, 2018.

Any questions concerning this matter please contact Chad Turner at 614-873-5865 or our office at 740-833-2400.

The Delaware County Engineer will be closing Condit Road between Centerburg Road and North Old 3 C Hwy. for a culvert replacement project. The road will close Monday, July 16 and is scheduled to open Thursday, July 19.

Any questions concerning this matter please contact our office at (740) 833-2400.

Hot Summer Leads to More Breakdowns

COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 12, 2018) – Record heat in May and above average temperatures in June in July have led to more vehicle breakdowns. AAA Ohio Auto Club responded to about 5 percent more calls during May and June than during the same time last year. With more heat in the forecast, AAA urges motorists to help prevent breakdowns.

Summer heat waves are hard on cars. Each time temperatures soar into the 90s, AAA experiences about a 20 percent increase in the number of people calling for roadside assistance. Most of these calls are packed into the hottest part of the day, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The number of breakdowns starts to taper off after the first few successive days in the 90s.

While crews aim to get motorists back on the go, without having to tow them, the heat causes more hard breakdowns on vehicle electrical and cooling systems, which require tows.

Automotive experts say many of these breakdowns can be prevented with routine maintenance:

· Check tire pressure and condition monthly: Changes in temperature can affect tire pressure, which can cause uneven wear and shorten the life of a tire. In addition, worn tires can’t grip the road during wet weather conditions, which can lead to hydroplaning and increased stopping distances.

· Check battery twice a year: Vehicle batteries typically last 3-5 years. Heat degrades a battery’s interior components of and shortens its life. Depending on the demands of the vehicle electrical system and driving habits, prolonged heat can even be harder on a battery than cold.

· Maintain engine cooling system: Cooling systems must work extra hard during hot weather to keep engines from overheating. Coolant protects the radiator and internal engine components. Over time coolant degrades, and needs to be changed. Neglecting this can lead to long-term engine damage. Rubber cooling system components will also deteriorate in extreme heat. Motorists should inspect hoses and drive belts for cracking, bulges, soft spots or other signs of poor condition.

· Top off fluids: Most fluids not only lubricate, but also serve as coolants by carrying heat away from critical engine components. When fluid levels are low, this cooling effect is reduced, and the probability of overheating increases. It’s important to keep up on routine oil changes, as reputable shops will also inspect other fluid levels when changing the oil.

Even with proper maintenance, summer breakdowns can still occur. AAA recommends every driver have an emergency kit in their vehicle, which includes water, non-perishable food items, jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, emergency reflectors, basic hand tools and a first aid kit.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 58 million members with travel-, insurance-, financial- and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

World’s Largest Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Testing Facility Breaks Ground in Ohio

Tucked away in the hills of East Liberty Ohio, sits the Transportation Research Center, Inc. or the TRC for short. TRC is the largest independent automotive proving ground in North America and on July 9, 2018 they broke ground on the SMARTCenter, the largest automated and connected vehicle testing facility in the world. The SMARTCenter is designed to test advanced automotive and mobility technologies in a safe, secure, and repeatable real-world environment before the vehicles are deployed on public roads and highways.

According to Brett Roubinek, President and CEO of TRC Inc, the groundbreaking for the SMARTCenter is the culmination of over five years of collaborative planning with their invaluable industry partners. The addition of the SMARTCenter to TRC Inc.’s already robust portfolio of offerings can only serve to benefit the dedicated group of stakeholders who are pioneering the next innovations in the connected and automated space.

At 1.2 miles long and six lanes wide, the site will host the longest and widest connected, signalized intersection in the industry as well as an urban network consisting of movable intersections, roundabouts, and oblique intersection scenarios. In addition to the driving space, the facility will have a 10,000 square foot control building with garage and office space that will have full site access to DSRC and high speed wireless communication along with an underground power distribution and fiber network to support current and future test technologies.

“This is a giant step forward in making Ohio the go-to state for developing vehicles and smart transportation technologies of the future,” said Governor John R. Kasich, who was on-site for the groundbreaking, shovel in hand. “The SMARTCenter positions Ohio as the premiere destination for researchers, developers, and manufacturers to test, build, and deploy advanced mobility solutions that will make our roads safer and less congested.”

Construction on the SMARTCenter is expected to be complete by the end of 2019. Funding for the $45 million project is being provided by the State of Ohio, JobsOhio, and The Ohio State University.

PUCO encourages safe summer driving practices

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

COLUMBUS, OHIO (July 10, 2018) — During the summer season, thousands of travelers visiting family and friends depend on Ohio’s network of highways to get to their destination safely. In fact, Ohio has the nation’s fourth largest interstate system with over 8,000 lane miles.

As an increasing number of motorists often share the road with commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) offers these safe driving tips to help ensure safe operation and arrival at your destination.

· Stay visible. Just as cars have blind spots, motor carriers have blind spots too. If you cannot see the truck driver or their mirrors; chances are the driver cannot see you.

· Pay attention. Drive carefully near motor carriers, as they do not have the same maneuverability as passenger vehicles.

· Avoid aggressive driving. Resist the temptation of driving too fast, changing lanes improperly or tailgating.

· Stay alert. Even when driving cautiously, there is always one thing you have no ability to control — other drivers. Be aware of other drivers and expect the unexpected.

Motor carrier companies that transport commerce and operate in Ohio must remain in compliance with all federal and state safety regulations that are administered by the PUCO, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The PUCO and the Ohio State Highway Patrol regularly perform thorough inspections of commercial vehicles and professional drivers to ensure Ohio highways remain safe for drivers. The PUCO wants to help motor carriers and drivers understand and practice safe driving procedures to ensure a safe travel season.

For more information on motor carrier safety, contact the PUCO at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) or visit the motor carrier industry section of www.PUCO.ohio.gov.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.

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Staff Reports

Sources: Ohio Department of Transportation, Delaware County Engineer, AAA, DriveOhio, PUCO

Sources: Ohio Department of Transportation, Delaware County Engineer, AAA, DriveOhio, PUCO