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Drive right, pass left, it's just that simple

Drivers who impede the flow of traffic create unsafe conditions, especially those who camp out in the left lane, which is both frustrating and dangerous for those affected. Trooper Cynthia Wilt of the Milan Highway Patrol says you can do your part to make the road safer by leaving the left lane free open except while passing. "Please camp in Ohio's State Parks--not in the left lane on the Ohio Turnpike--or other roads for that matter," said Lt. Rick Reeder, Milan Post Commander. A violation of the slow speed law/blocking reasonable movement of traffic can result in a citation with a penalty as much as $150.

Mill Creek Bike Path Mahoning County

Mill Creek Bikeway Project goes the extra mile for Youngstown community Improved safety and reliability for Ohio Turnpike customers and the Youngstown community are the major benefits of a $6.3 million construction project that began this year and will be completed in 2019. In 2019, both of the eastbound and westbound mainline bridges will be removed, one at a time, at milepost 223 in Mahoning County in Canfield Township. The area under the bridges will be filled in to reduce maintenance costs and to improve safety for customers and turnpike maintenance crews. Currently being constructed under the bridges is a Mill Creek Bikeway Connector. Crews have lowered 29 pre-cast concrete archtop sections in place atop pedestal walls to create the culvert connector for the bikeway. Each pre-cast section weighs 14 tons. A detour is being constructed and will be implemented in March of 2019. By next October, the project will be completed. Bicyclists will pedal through a connector with entry walls that feature textured and colored concrete surfaces that resemble real random cut stone masonry. Music: Actionable from www.bensound.com

Ohio Turnpike 2018 Snow and Ice Inspections

To help ensure your safe passage along the Turnpike this winter, comprehensive equipment inspections are performed annually at our eight Maintenance Garages along the 241-mile mainline. Each of our snowplow trucks undergoes a 136-point inspection covering everything from warning lights, plow operation, salt spreading equipment, chemical application rates and safety supplies.  Crews use an average of 65,000 tons of salt each year and almost 100,000 gallons of liquid chemicals per year. In addition to allowing extra travel time and driving at the proper speed for the conditions, motorists should avoid passing snowplows and allow extra space for our drivers to clear the road.

W82TXT Video Contest Winners

I’m honored to announce the WINNERS of the Ohio Turnpike’s Inaugural W82TXT teen video contest. Our contest for students in grades 9-12 corresponded with what's become known as the "100 Deadliest Days" for teens between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That's when schools are out and the newest drivers among us are driving more and, unfortunately, getting into more crashes. This contest, in tandem with our Red Thumb Band campaign, is aimed at reducing distracted driving by novice drivers as well as the rest of us. Without further ado, here are the winners. Enjoy

 Randy Cole discussion with the Toledo Rotary Club about the future of transportation
Executive Director Randy Cole, Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, spoke to the Toledo Rotary Club about how the Ohio Turnpike is well-prepared as a key component of DriveOhio for advanced connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) research.  Mr. Cole frames the issue of CAV in broader terms of increased safety, economic benefits and quality of life improvements.  The presentation took place in Toledo on Aug. 13, 2018.                
Ohio Turnpike Father's Day Message

Mike Cole and Tim McCoy work full-time at the Ohio Turnpike's Amherst Maintenance Building as a Roadway Maintenance Worker and Sign Shop Technician, respectively. But Cole and McCoy have even more in common—their sons—who grew up together. Jordan and Cody are best of friends, loyal to each other and their Dads. This is a touching tale about being a good father, a good friend and a good son. It’s also an important message about the importance of moving over and slowing down.

Ohio Turnpike Memorial Sign Program

The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission’s Memorial Sign Program and Dedication Ceremonies take place at points across the entire turnpike. Last October, the Turnpike Commission approved a Memorial Sign Program to honor the 12 men who were known to have been killed in nine separate incidents dating back to 1967. All of them were performing their duties for the Ohio Turnpike. This program is important because we are honoring the men who lost their lives. It’s also important—and necessary—because it calls renewed attention to the State of Ohio’s Move Over Law.

W82TXT Video Contest

Safety is our top priority, so the Ohio Turnpike is joining a nationwide safety campaign aimed at raising awareness to end texting behind the wheel. This movement encourages drivers to make their thumbs red to remind them to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road at all times. It’s an old-school solution to a 21st Century issue, fueled by the evolution and accessibility of technology at drivers’ fingertips. Through strong community engagement, the Ohio Turnpike hopes to bring the Red Thumb Movement home to Ohio, placing Red Thumb bands emblazoned with “W82TXT” and our name on driver’s thumbs as a visual reminder to avoid distracted driving. Our W82TXT video contest corresponds with what’s become known as the “100 Deadliest Days,” which are the summer months roughly between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found new teen drivers ages 16-17 years old are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash during this period. It is our hope that by engaging teens during this critical time of the year, their efforts, shared on social media, will raise awareness to this deadly situation and influence peers to make safe choices while behind the wheel. Are you in grades 9-12? Check out contest here http://www.ohioturnpike.org/w82txt-vi... and enter. Are you an adult? OHTPK would like to ask you, as a youth influencer, to share this video contest information.

Ohio Turnpike Work Zone Awareness 2018

Safety is our top priority on the Ohio Turnpike. That’s why we’re joining the national effort to promote the theme for National Work Zone Safety Awareness, which is “Everybody’s Responsibility.” Our new Memorial Sign Program calls attention to the Move Over, Slow Down law and honors the lives of the 12 men who lost their lives in service to the Ohio Turnpike.

Our world is changing and there's no turning back

As a DriveOhio partner, the Ohio Turnpike is already equipped with a fiber-optic network that is being adapted for short-range, vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communications along a 60-mile stretch to improve safety and operationalize its fleet of snowplows and other vehicles. Our world is changing and there's no turning back. Please watch to find out why we're deploying connected vehicle technology.


@OHTurnpikeGuy Gets Gas

Ohio Turnpike Director Randy Cole races against the clock when fueling up his ride before getting on the turnpike. He learns his lesson though when he encounters difficulties that make him late to a meeting. Surely, there must be a better way to travel!

Ohio Turnpike Fair Fuel Price Guarantee

Customers on the Ohio Turnpike sometimes find themselves asking: "Do I stop for fuel at a Turnpike service plaza or do I wait to see if I can get cheaper fuel off the Turnpike?" According to @OHTurnpikeGuy Randy Cole, the decision is an easy one. In fact, Sunoco fuel prices on the Ohio Turnpike are required to be within 3 cents of the average of stations located off the turnpike. It's our Fair Fuel Price Guarantee as more than 130 off-turnpike service stations and truck stops within five miles of the turnpike are surveyed for their prices three times per week. Surveys are completed by 1:00 p.m. and prices are changed at 3:00 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday (excluding national holidays). Open 24 hours a day, there are separate fueling islands for both passenger and commercial vehicles. There's also the added convenience of a great selection of foods, clean rest facilities, pet walking areas and other amenities. Now prices are more easily identified with new roadside signage provided by Sunoco. The signs are visible prior to our Service Plazas and will be live between the end of the month and early 2018.

E-ZPass Makes a Great Stocking Stuffer

Looking for a great last-minute gift or stocking stuffer for a friend or loved one who's always on the go? Then Santa's elves say E-ZPass is your answer. Simply obtain a transponder for $12 at any of our convenient retail locations at participating Giant Eagle Stores and GetGo locations, Discount Drug Marts, Barney's, Mickey Mart, participating AAA Clubs and several BMV's.

Ohio Turnpike Snow and Ice

The Ohio Turnpike made its final preparations for the upcoming winter season. Turnpike customers expect a premium road to travel during the winter and When required, crews will work 12-hour shifts seven days a week to provide customers with a safe and reliable route.

Road Tripping on the Ohio Turnpike

Here at the Ohio Turnpike, we take great pride in our modern service plazas. When it's time to take a break during your road trip we have much to offer, including: • Clean, safe restrooms for all customers • Ample parking spaces • ATMs, gift shops, travel information, Wi-fi • And major brands like Starbucks Recently, my son Porter and I took a road trip to compare our rest stops with other options. Watch this VIDEO below to see what we found. You may never go off the turnpike to take a break again.

Ohio Turnpike Flash Mob

Ann White, already a retired nursing director, retired this week for her second career as a tour bus guide from Sharpsville, Pa. She made her final tour bus stop at the Middle Ridge Service Plaza along the turnpike in Amherst on Sept. 12 (Tuesday) when the big surprise took place. A flash mob was organized by Bianco with special permission from the Turnpike Commission and surprised Ann White at the plaza.

Make Sense of Turnpike Jargon

To keep you, our valued customers informed about what’s happening on our Turnpike we provide up-to-date traffic and travel info on our website and social media channels. But sometimes we hear that not all travelers understand our turnpike jargon. Recently, we headed out to one of our Service Plazas to find out whether customers understand. Make sense of turnpike jargon and stay informed about traffic incidents, road closures, alternate routes and more. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook @OhioTurnpike.

2017 Spirit Ride - Cleveland, Ohio

The Spirit Ride, a coast-to-coast campaign to draw attention to "Slow Down, Move Over" laws protecting first responders and roadside workers. Hundreds of roadside professionals are casualties each year of roadside incidents. Among police, fire, EMS and towing professionals, 60 percent of those killed are tow operators. Help promote highway safety and help safeguard the lives of fellow first responders. When you see flashing lights, yellow or blue- please make every effort to safely slow down and move over. Isn't your investment of slowing down worth someone's life? Isn't that worth your own life?

Ohio State Highway Patrol Aerial Enforcement on the Ohio Turnpike

As we reported last month, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is conducting speed enforcement in Ohio Turnpike work zones this construction season. Excessive speeding in work zones is one of the primary reasons why we have crashes on the Ohio Turnpike, which remains one of the safest roads in the nation. A large part of the effort is from the air as Trooper Bryan Dail spots speeders and radios down to his fellow officers on the ground who cite the suspected violators. More than 3,000 drivers were cited for speeding in work zones last year. Please, don't be the driver who crashes or gets caught speeding in a work zone. Please help us work Toward Zero Deaths.

You may not see us... But we will see you.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is conducting speed enforcement in Ohio Turnpike work zones (and elsewhere on the turnpike) this construction season. Recently, we caught up with Lt. Richard Reeder of the Milan Post and Ohio Turnpike Executive Director Randy Cole. They are united in the effort to catch speeders, especially excessive ones. A large part of the effort is from the air as Trooper Bryan Dail spots speeders and radios down to troopers on the ground who cite the guilty parties. Director Cole and Lt. Reeder recently shared their encouragement to motorists to slow down.

Ohio Turnpike installs two more Native Pollinator Plant Gardens

Two more of the Ohio Turnpike’s Service Plazas feature Ohio Native Pollinator Plant Gardens. Located at the Mahoning Valley (westbound) and Glacial Hills (eastbound) Service Plazas in New Springfield, the gardens feature 18 different Ohio native pollinators. The Ohio Turnpike partnered with Keep Ohio Beautiful, Keep the Mahoning Valley Beautiful and The Davey Tree Expert Co. on the beautification project and volunteers from The Purple Cat and Gateways to Better Living helped install the gardens at an event on May 19. Native plants are adapted to Ohio soil and climate, are easy to care for and are naturally drought-resistant. They attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

Ohio Turnpike Commercial Vehicle Removal

The Ohio Turnpike's Disabled Vehicle Service operators provide service 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep customers moving and to remove disabled or wrecked commercial vehicles from the side of the road. We recently captured one of the heavy duty rotator-type tow trucks in action owned by Rich's Towing, an Ohio Turnpike provider.


The Ohio Turnpike 2017 Snow and Ice

The Ohio Turnpike made its final preparations for the upcoming winter season. Turnpike customers expect a premium road to travel during the winter and When required, crews will work 12-hour shifts seven days a week to provide customers with a safe and reliable route.

The Ohio Turnpike’s Full-Depth Pavement Replacement Program

The Ohio Turnpike's Full-Depth Pavement Replacement Program is the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission’s largest capital improvement program.

Replacing the pavement across the Turnpike’s 241 miles is necessary because most of the original base pavement dates to the 1950s. The project, estimated at $1.4 billion over its life, will take until at least 2040 to complete. In 2016, there are four such projects in Erie, Lorain (featured), Trumbull and Mahoning Counties under way at a combined cost of approximately $76 million.

Ohio Turnpike Customer Appreciation Events

2016 Ohio Turnpike Customer Appreciation Days!

Ohio Turnpike Native Gardens

The Ohio Turnpike Native Gardens project is a partnership between the Ohio Turnpike, Keep Ohio Beautiful, Keep Lorain County Beautiful and the Davey Tree Expert Co. Students from Lorain County Joint Vocational School were on hand to install the gardens at the plazas.

The 17 species of native plants used in the gardens are all perennials. They’re adapted to Ohio soil and climate, are easy to care for and are naturally drought-resistant. Other native species in this planting are tolerant of frequent flooding and wet soils. They also attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife

Ohio Turnpike - Work Zone Awareness: Heroes of our Highways

Ohio Turnpike Executive Director Randy Cole shares a message from Amy Fletcher, mother of three and widow of John Fletcher, an Ohio Turnpike assistant foreman who was struck and killed by a truck driver in a Turnpike construction zone in March of 2012.

Ohio Turnpike - 2016 National Work Zone Awareness

Ohio Turnpike Executive Director Randy Cole discusses the importance of slowing down in work zones. The life you save might be your own. Don't be THAT Driver.


Distracted Driving: The Consequences can be Devastating (November 23, 2015)

Arrive safely by paying attention behind the wheel, a Public Service Video by the Ohio Turnpike and Ohio State Highway Patrol Using a hand-held cell phone while driving is dangerous for three reasons: You take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel and your mind off the driving task. Studies show that someone texting behind the wheel takes their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. Driving at 70 miles per hour – that’s enough time to drive the length of a football field and a half.  Lead by example and take the Ohio Turnpike’s pledge to drive distraction-free at ohioturnpike.org. You’ll get to your destination safely and everyone will be thankful. Take the pledge … you may even win a Sunoco Gas Card.

Ohio Turnpike 2015 Snow & Ice  #WinterReady (October 30,2015)

A first-hand look at Ohio Turnpike crews preparing the #OHTPK equipment for the winter season. Crews work around-the-clock to clear snow and treat roadways so that travelers can arrive at their destinations safely. Fast falling snow and whiteout conditions, combine with blowing and drifting snow, make maintaining the roadway a continuous effort. The use of 95 snow plows, 8 tow plows and nearly 100 tons of salt, Ohio Turnpike crews do a superb job keeping driving conditions safe for the motoring public.

Ohio Turnpike 60th Anniversary Opening Ceremony Audio Recording (October 19, 2015)

The Ohio Turnpike recently preserved its collection of historical film and Audio footage from the earliest days of construction. This is the third selection posted in observance of the 60th Anniversary (Oct. 1, 1955).
The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission pays tribute to the official opening of the Ohio Turnpike, which occurred at the Westgate plaza in Williams County on Oct. 1, 1955. At 12:01 a.m. Gov. Frank J. Lausche declared, “Remove all barricades. Open the gates and let the traffic flow!”

Ohio History Barn Timelapse (October 7, 2015)

In celebration of the #‎OHTPK 60th Anniversary, we were proud to participate with the Ohio History Connection and other local organizations in painting an Ohio History Barn just west of Exit 91 (SR 53 - Fremont). Many thanks to our partners - Ohio History Connection, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Scott Hagan and the Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ohio Turnpike 60th anniversary Archival Film Footage: Scene Two (August 12,2015)

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the Ohio Turnpike took place on Oct. 27, 1952. Ground was broken on the site of Pier 3 of the Cuyahoga River Bridge on the west bank of the Cuyahoga River in Boston Township, Ohio, in Summit County. The site is also historic inasmuch as the first Turnpike construction contract awarded was for the substructure (piers and abutments) of the Cuyahoga River Bridge, the longest (2,682 feet) structure of the project. It was awarded to the Horvitz Company of Cleveland, whose bid of $1,163,433 was the lowest of 17 bids submitted.This scene shows iron workers moving about on the original superstructure of the Cuyahoga River Bridge. The structure outlived its useful life and was demolished in 2003 to make way for a new bridge.

Ohio Turnpike 60th Anniversary Archival Film Footage: Scene One (July 8, 2015)

The Ohio Turnpike recently dusted off its archival materials and discovered film from the earliest days of the planning, construction, inspection and opening of the Turnpike. Recently digitized film footage will be shared monthly during the remainder of 2015 in short clips starting with this edition. The enormity of planning and constructing a 241-mile super highway from the Pennsylvania border to the Indiana border in 38 months cannot be understated. Sharing these clips from yesteryear helps exhibit the commitment it took to plan, build and fully open the Ohio Turnpike on Oct. 1, 1955. This first scene chronicles Ohio Turnpike Commission Chairman James W. Shocknessy (far left) and others as they visit and inspect the Maumee River Twin Bridge project in 1954.

Get there Alive  Ohio Turnpike & OSHP  Public Service Announcement (May 21, 2015)

Trooper Andrew Clouser was injured during an accident on the Ohio Turnpike when he was struck and pinned by a vehicle as he attempted to assist a victim. Recently, Trooper Clouser appeared in a Public Service Announcement produced by OSHP, the Ohio Turnpike and seniors at Avon High School in Avon, Ohio. The seniors were led by their instructor in Language Arts and Media, Mr. Michael Tokarczyk. The lasting message being conveyed is that customers should slow down for their safety during bad weather and pay close attention to the driving task


Move Over Or Slow Down…it’s the Law (January 17, 2014)

The new version of Ohio’s “Move Over Law” requires motorists to slow down and, as conditions permit,shift to an adjacent lane when approaching construction, maintenance and public utilities commission vehicles that are parked on the roadside with flashing, oscillating or rotating lights. Since 2008, more than 600 collisions occurred between the traveling public and roadway maintenance vehicles and equipment. Move Over or Slow Down…it’s the Law

Ohio Turnpike Crews Battling Winter Weather (January 2, 2014)

A first-hand look at Ohio Turnpike crews as they battled the severe winter snow storm that hit northeast Ohio toward the end of December (2013).  Crews worked around-the-clock to clear snow and treat roadways so that travelers could arrive at their destinations safely.  Fast falling snow and whiteout conditions, combined with blowing and drifting snow, made maintaining the roadway a continuous effort.  With the use of 95 snow plows, 8 tow plows and nearly 10 tons of salt, Ohio Turnpike crews did a superb job keeping driving conditions safe for the motoring public.

Service Plazas on the Ohio Turnpike (August 23, 2013)

Service plazas are open 24-hours a day, every day of the year (including holidays). Popular restaurant choices, convenience stores and gift shops where E-ZPass  is available, modern restrooms (including family restrooms), WiFi, picnic areas, telephones, ATMs, vending and Ohio Lottery machines are available at each location. Even E-ZPass transponders are available here, for use on your next trip. 

E-ZPass on the Ohio Turnpike (June 5, 2013)

E-ZPass is an electronic toll collection system that allows you to enter and exit the Turnpike without stopping to receive a ticket or to pay the toll.  E-ZPass saves both time and money. Travelers receive a discount from their toll charge for using E-ZPass. In fact, you can save up to 50% on tolls using E-ZPass instead of paying cash at the toll booth. Even if you aren’t a frequent traveler, the potential savings is worth looking into.

Turnpike snow plows clearing the median wall (January 25, 2013)

Ohio Turnpike maintenance crews work in tandem with several snow plows and the tow plow to clear the median wall following a major snow event.

Ohio Turnpike Tow Plow safety message for motorists (January 24, 2013)

To clear more snow in less time, the Ohio Turnpike maintenance crews are using new equipment called the Tow Plow to clear two lanes with one vehicle.  Watch and see the Tow Plow in action.