According to Fox 28, This is the first holiday season that I-71 will be open for three lanes northbound and southbound from Columbus to Cleveland.
In years past, the highway was always bottlenecked where the road would condense down to two lanes. Traffic sometimes would sit at a standstill the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday. Many of the travelers ABC 6/FOX 28 talked to said they remember when it was a nightmare when they were just sitting at a standstill on the highway. They all said they were very thankful to have the roads open for a smooth drive to their Thanksgiving festivities.
The Ohio Department of Transportation finished the road widening project earlier this week, just in time for the Thanksgiving travelers. The roads were considerably clearer and less congested due to the extra lane and lack of bottlenecking.