A sign telling drivers to stay home, on SR-315 in Columbus.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is preparing for traffic to increase once again now that Ohio's stay-at-home order is lifting.

Highways and roads in Ohio are getting a little more crowded. Traffic levels have increased as the state's stay-at-home orders have been lifted.

A semi-truck rolls into the rest stop off I-71 near Sunbury.
Leticia Wiggins / WOSU Public Media

Hot meals are few and far between for truck drivers on the road. Even as truckers remain essential during the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants have been limited to pickup or drive-through only.

“You can’t take an 18-wheeler through a drive-through,” says Tom Balzer, president of the Ohio Trucking Association.

The price of oil plunged last week, and gas prices followed suit. Low prices are great for consumers but are problematic for road construction. Kentucky and Ohio pay for road improvement projects in part with fuel tax revenue. INDOT spokesman Scott Manning says Indiana does too.

It appears area contractors are making an effort to protect construction workers at job sites but are those extra measures enough to prevent COVID-19?

highway in Columbus
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

The head of the Ohio Department of Transportation says the state is at a crossroads with policy on how to move people and products around safely and efficiently.

ODOT is displaying signs like these around the state during the holidays.
Ohio Department of Transportation

If you’ve driven Ohio’s roads lately, you’ve probably noticed the big signs with cheeky sayings directed at drivers.

Travel officials are predicting this to be one of the busiest Thanksgiving weekends on the roads, so the Ohio Department of Transportation will be suspending many construction projects.

The Ohio State University

Ahead of the Buckeyes game against Penn State, a stretch of North High street from Lane Avenue to Dodridge will be reduced to three lanes on Saturday, with the fourth dedicated solely to bus bike and scooter traffic.

The Columbus Crossroads project, still under construction in downtown Columbus, will result in a redesigned split for I-70 and I-71.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

For the first time in several years, an Ohio Department of Transportation panel has voted to move forward on hundreds of millions of dollars in road construction projects.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is seeking feedback as it updates Access Ohio 2045. That's ODOT's long term transportation plan that guides policies and strategies.

gas pump
David Zalubowski / Associated Press

Ohio’s 10.5 cent gas tax increase from the state’s transportation budget has been in place for four months as of November 1.

Streetcar in Cincinnati

State officials say $105 million in grants is going to public transit systems across Ohio.

The new Smartlane on eastbound Interstate 670 east of downtown Columbus opened on Wednesday, October 23.
Ohio Department of Transportation

Commuters headed home Monday afternoon through I-670 on the Northeast Side may want to find an alternate route as ODOT crews work on emergency repairs.  

The new Smartlane on eastbound Interstate 670 east of downtown Columbus opened on Wednesday, October 23.
Ohio Department of Transportation

Ohio's first-ever 'smart lane' has opened. The smart lane is meant to reduce traffic congestion heading out of downtown on eastbound Interstate 670.