Tuesday, July 03, 2001

Holiday travelers: Watch out for these trouble spots




By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Tristate travelers heading out of town for the July Fourth holiday can expect construction delays in several directions.

        AAA Cincinnati says four problem areas are within several hours' driving time of local residents:

        • Motorists traveling near downtown Dayton on Interstate 75 north can avoid most of the 20 miles of construction by taking the I-675 bypass.

        • If you're driving to Indianapolis on I-74, beware of the limited access to I-465. You can avoid some of the delays by taking Ind. 44 west to I-65 north, then get back onto I-465.

        • Just outside of Asheville, N.C., expect long delays on I-40 between Exits 31 and 37, which are closed Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon.

        • Drivers going through downtown Columbus can avoid delays on I-70 by taking the I-270 loop.

        “While there are more delays, these are the ones where we know that long delays are possible,” AAA spokeswoman Ginny Hizer said.

        Linda Roll, traffic supervisor for ARTIMIS said heavy traffic Friday indicated many travelers have left town.

        As a result, she said, traffic should flow fairly well in construction zones on July Fourth, except during the typical backup times: 6:30-8 a.m. and 2-6:30 p.m.

        “The only thing would be the amount of traffic coming through from other states,” Ms. Roll said.

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