The holiday travel story in Friday's Blade covered the major construction issues in and near Toledo for Memorial Day weekend, but for those going a bit farther, here are a few more tips.
The biggest potential hassle appears to be on southbound I-75 in Saginaw, Michigan. It's closed between the two I-675 interchanges for reconstruction. MDOT advises travelers headed home from the Upper Peninsula or other points north of Grayling to use U.S. 127 instead. I-75 south of the Bay City area is likely to be a parking lot Monday afternoon, based on the heavy traffic I have seen up there on holiday weekends.
I have used U.S. 127 via Lansing and Jackson, and U.S. 223 across Lenawee County, for trips like this, but if planning to go this way, remember that U.S. 23 will be jammed up at U.S. 223 on Monday.
In Ohio, lanes are closed on I-75 through Dayton, which could be troublesome during peak hours. A work zone through Lima has a reduced speed limit but two lanes are open both ways. On several other Interstates in Ohio, be aware of split-lane traffic in which the left lane is crossed over to the highway's opposite side to maintain two lanes each way during major construction. This pattern is set up on I-90 east of Cleveland, among other places.
Besides the work zone in Fulton County, the Ohio Turnpike could be congested near Fremont, where one of three lanes is closed in both directions for a reconstruction project. Backups should not be as bad as in Fulton County, but there could be delays at peak times.