Americans Drive a Combined Average of 25 Billion Miles During the Holiday Season

Americans Drive a Combined Average of 25 Billion Miles During the Holiday Season

Winter weather is here – just in time for many Americans to embark on holiday road trips. According to an online survey commissioned by Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) and fielded by Harris Poll in October 2015,* Americans log a combined national average of 25 billion miles on the road to visit family and spend a combined average of $52 billion on travel during the holiday season.** Although many will be taking holiday road trips, only a quarter (26 percent) of drivers in Snowbelt states already have installed or plan to install winter tires this year.

“Many Americans are traveling for the holidays, but most haven’t fully prepared their vehicles to take on challenging winter driving conditions,” said Chris Welty, Bridgestone tire education specialist. “Winter tires are built specially to give drivers better grip, stopping power and more control in snow, slush and ice. The thin layer of water on the road from ice or melting snow can be very dangerous, and winter tires are designed to clear that icy water and grip the road.”

Although they’re planning to drive 147 miles on average to different family members’ homes this holiday season, many Americans are troubled by the freezing temperatures and treacherous driving conditions that accompany the start of winter. Seventy-one percent of drivers admit they are nervous to drive when it’s icy, and many also are nervous to drive during heavy fog (52 percent), heavy rain (48 percent), sleet (47 percent) and snow (45 percent). In fact, when Americans were asked what they dislike in general about the winter season, driving issues topped the list, specifically icy roads (59 percent) and other drivers who drive dangerously (55 percent). Other major dislikes include heating bills (47 percent), removing snow and ice from their vehicle (43 percent), and even cold feet (38 percent).

“It’s clear from our survey findings that Americans are worried about driving in winter weather,” said Welty. “Making the switch to winter tires can help ensure that drivers feel confident in every winter driving condition – whether they are headed to Grandma’s house this holiday or sticking closer to home. The holiday season can be stressful, but hitting the road in winter weather doesn’t have to be.”

To make sure their vehicles are road trip ready, most of those who currently own a vehicle (74 percent) prepare for winter by checking tire pressure (48 percent), windshield wipers (46 percent) or fluid levels (45 percent). When it comes to preparing a vehicle for winter weather, Bridgestone encourages drivers to remember the four B’s – battery, brakes, blades and Blizzak winter tires.

For information about Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires or to find a Bridgestone retailer, visit www.ConquertheCold.com.


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I-4 Orlando Area Construction Update November 29 Thru December 5

I-4 Orlando Area Construction Update November 29 Thru December 5

The Florida Department of Transportation is reporting the following major detours and closures for the week of November 29 includes one nighttime rolling roadblock, two permanent ramp closures, one nighttime road closure, one daytime road closure and three nighttime ramp closures.

Important Notice

– Rolling roadblock on I-4 from Conroy Road to Kirkman Road; Dec. 1 from 12 p.m. to 4 a.m.

– Westbound I-4 ramps closed permanently to eastbound and westbound Kaley Avenue; Dec. 1 at 10 p.m.

– Orange Blossom Trail closed under SR-408; Nov. 8-Feb. 5, 2016 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

– Parramore Avenue closed under SR-408; Nov. 30-March 4, 2016 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

– Westbound I-4 entrance ramp closed nightly from Princeton Street; Dec. 1-4 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

– Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed nightly from Princeton Street; Nov. 15-Dec. 22 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

– Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp to Par Street; Nov. 8-Dec. 4 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Lane/Ramp Closures

New Alert: Intermittent Nightly Rolling Roadblock on EB/WB I-4 from Conroy Road to SR-435/Kirkman Road. Tuesday 12/01/15 – 12:00 AM–04:00 AM: Remove overhead powerline.

New Alert: Permanent Ramp Closure on WB I-4 at Ramps to EB & WB Kaley Avenue. Begins Tuesday 12/01/15 at 10:00 PM

New Alert: Intermittent Nightly Ramp Closure on WB I-4 at Ramp from Princeton Street. From Wednesday 12/01/15 to Thursday 12/04/15 – 10:00 PM–05:00 AM: Install barrier wall.

New Alert: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on WB I-4 at SR-436/Altamonte Drive: 1 right lane closed. From Thursday 12/03/15 to Friday 12/04/15 – 08:30 PM–06:00 AM: Install barrier wall.

New Alert: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on EB I-4 from SR-50/Colonial Drive to New Hampshire Street: 2 left lanes closed. From Sunday 12/06/15 to Monday 12/07/15 – 09:30 PM–06:00 AM: Traffic shift.

New Alert: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on EB I-4 from Par Street to Fairbanks Avenue: 2 right lanes closed. From Sunday 12/20/15 to Monday 12/21/15 – 09:00 PM–07:00 AM: Traffic shift.

New Alert: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on EB I-4 from Formosa Avenue to Kennedy Boulevard: 2 right lanes closed. From Sunday 01/03/16 to Sunday 01/31/16 – 09:30 PM–07:00 AM: Install barrier wall.

New Alert: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on EB/WB I-4 from Kennedy Boulevard to Central Parkway: 2 left lanes closed. From Tuesday 12/01/15 to Thursday 12/31/15 – 09:30 PM–06:00 AM: Temporary widening and paving.

New Alert: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on EB/WB Washington Street from Hughey Avenue to Garland Avenue: 1 lane closed. From Monday 11/30/15 to Friday 12/11/15 – 10:00 PM–06:00 AM: Median work.

Updated: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on EB/WB Wymore Road from Lake Destiny Road to Oranole Road: 1 right lane closed. From Sunday 11/15/15 to Friday 12/04/15 – 10:00 PM–06:00 AM: Bridge work.

Updated: Intermittent Daily Lane Closure on EB New Hampshire Street from Cornell Avenue to N. Shore Drive: 1 right lane closed. From Monday 11/23/15 to Tuesday 12/22/15 – 08:00 AM–04:00 PM: Daytime flagging.

Updated: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on EB/WB Par Street from Formosa Avenue to Clay Street: 2 left lanes closed. From Sunday 11/29/15 to Monday 11/30/15 – 10:00 PM–06:00 AM: Bridge work.

Updated: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on EB Ivanhoe Boulevard from Lakeview Street to EB I-4 On Ramp: 2 right lanes closed. From Tuesday 12/01/15 to Sunday 01/31/16 – 10:00 PM–06:00 AM: Bridge work.

Updated: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on WB SR-408 from Parramore Avenue to Tampa Avenue: 1 right lane closed. From Sunday 10/18/15 to Friday 12/18/15 – 09:00 PM–06:00 AM: Create construction entrance.

Updated: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on WB SR-408 from Anderson Street to US-441/Orange Blossom Trail: 1 left lane closed. From Monday 11/09/15 to Friday 12/18/15 – 09:00 PM–06:00 AM: Install barrier wall.

Reminder: Intermittent Daily Road Closure on Parramore Avenue from Carter Street to Long Street. From Monday 11/30/15 to Friday 03/04/16 – 07:00 AM–05:00 PM: Bridge work.

Reminder: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on WB I-4 from Gore Street to Michigan Avenue: 2 left lanes closed. From Monday 11/30/15 to Friday 12/04/15 – 08:30 PM–06:00 AM: Restriping and set barrier wall.

Reminder: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on WB I-4 from South Street to Kaley Avenue: 2 right lanes closed. From Tuesday 12/01/15 to Saturday 12/05/15 – 08:30 PM–06:00 AM: Prepare for ramp closure.

Continuing: Intermittent Nightly Ramp Closure on EB I-4 at Ramp to Par Street. From Sunday 11/08/15 to Friday 12/04/15 – 10:00 PM–05:00 AM: Install barrier wall.

Continuing: Intermittent Daily Lane Closure on NB North Shore Drive from Oakmont Lane to New Hampshire Street: 1 right lane closed. From Monday 11/16/15 to Friday 12/04/15 – 08:00 AM–04:00 PM: Install underground pipe.

Continuing: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on EB SR-414/Maitland Boulevard from Gateway Drive to Hope Road: 1 left lane closed. From Sunday 09/27/15 to Monday 11/30/15 – 10:00 PM–05:00 AM: Milling and paving.

Continuing: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on WB SR-414/Maitland Boulevard from Hope Road to Gateway Drive: 1 left lane closed. From Sunday 09/27/15 to Monday 11/30/15 – 10:00 PM–05:00 AM: Milling and paving.

Continuing: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on WB I-4 from Central Parkway to SR-414/Maitland Boulevard: 2 left lanes closed. From Wednesday 09/30/15 to Monday 11/30/15 – 08:30 AM–06:00 AM: Restriping and set barrier wall.

Continuing: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on EB I-4 from SR-414/Maitland Boulevard to Central Parkway: 2 left lanes closed. From Wednesday 09/30/15 to Monday 11/30/15 – 09:30 PM–07:00 AM: Restriping and set barrier wall.

Continuing: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on NB/SB Keller Road from Fennell Street to SR-414/Maitland Boulevard: 1 left lane closed. From Sunday 10/11/15 to Monday 11/30/15 – 09:30 PM–06:00 AM: Milling and paving.

Continuing: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on WB I-4 from Fairbanks Avenue to Par Street: 2 left lanes closed. From Sunday 11/01/15 to Wednesday 12/23/15 – 08:30 PM–06:00 AM: Temporary widening.

Continuing: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on EB I-4 from Par Street to Fairbanks Avenue: 2 left lanes closed. From Sunday 11/01/15 to Wednesday 12/23/15 – 09:30 PM–07:00 AM: Trucks entering and leaving.

Continuing: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on WB I-4 from New Hampshire Street to SR-50/Colonial Drive: 2 lanes closed. From Sunday 11/01/15 to Friday 12/18/15 – 08:30 PM–06:00 AM: Install drainage.

Continuing: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on EB I-4 from SR-50/Colonial Drive to New Hampshire Street: 2 lanes closed. From Sunday 11/01/15 to Tuesday 12/08/15 – 10:30 PM–06:30 AM: Trucks entering and leaving.

Continuing: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on WB I-4 from Ivanhoe Boulevard to SR-408: 2 left lanes closed. From Wednesday 11/04/15 to Friday 12/04/15 – 08:30 PM–06:00 AM: Traffic shift.

Continuing: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on EB I-4 from SR-408 to Ivanhoe Boulevard: 2 left lanes closed. From Wednesday 11/04/15 to Friday 12/04/15 – 10:30 PM–06:30 AM: Traffic shift.

Continuing: Intermittent Nightly Road Closure on US-441/Orange Blossom Trail under SR-408. From Sunday 11/08/15 to Friday 02/05/16 – 10:00 PM–05:00 AM: Bridge work.

Continuing: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on EB I-4 at Ramp to Princeton Street: 2 left lanes closed. From Sunday 11/08/15 to Tuesday 12/22/15 – 10:00 PM– 5:00 am: Temporary widening and paving.

Continuing: Intermittent Nightly Ramp Closure on EB I-4 at Ramp from Princeton Street. From Sunday 11/15/15 to Tuesday 12/22/15 – 10:00 PM–05:00 AM: Bridge work.

Continuing: Intermittent Nightly Lane Closure on EB/WB Central Parkway from Douglas Avenue to Raymond Avenue: 1 left lane closed. From Tuesday 11/17/15 to Friday 12/04/15 – 08:00 PM–06:00 AM: Milling and paving.

All alerts are for planned activities, which may be cancelled or changed due to weather and other circumstances.


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Florida Holiday Travel News and I-75 Construction News Thru December 5

Florida Holiday Travel News and I-75 Construction News Thru December 5

The Florida Department of Transportation is reporting that there will be no interstate closures in Tampa Bay area over Thanksgiving holiday period.

– Tampa/St. Petersburg: No closures are scheduled in the interstate construction zones in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties during the Thanksgiving holiday period from today (Wednesday, November 25) through Sunday (November 29).

– Wesley Chapel: One to three lanes may be closed on southbound I-75 from State Road 56 (Exit 275) to I-275 (Exit 274) from 9:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday through Friday (November 30 – December 4) nights. At least one lane will be open.

– Wesley Chapel: The State Road 56 entrance ramp onto southbound I-75 may be closed from 10:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday and Tuesday (November 30 and December 1) nights. DETOUR: Enter northbound I-75 and exit to County Road 54 (Exit 279). Turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto westbound County Road 54. After passing under I-75, turn left and enter southbound I-75.

– New Tampa: The southbound I-75 exit ramp to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard (Exit 270) may be closed from 10:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday and Wednesday (November 30 and December 2) nights. DETOUR: Continue past Exit 270. Exit to Fletcher Avenue (Exit 266). Turn left at the bottom of the ramp and go east on Fletcher Avenue under I-75. Turn left and enter northbound I-75. Use northbound Exit 270 to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

– New Tampa: One to three lanes may be closed in either direction of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in the I-75 area (Dona Michelle Drive to Tampa Palms Boulevard) between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Monday through Friday (November 30 – December 4) nights. At least one lane will be open in each direction.

– Wesley Chapel/San Antonio: One lane may be closed in each direction of I-75 anywhere from north of County Road 54 (Exit 279) to north of SR 52 (Exit 285) between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Monday through Friday (November 30 – December 4) nights.

– Pasco County: One lane may be in each direction of I-75 from north of State Road 52 (Exit 285) to the Hernando County line (north of County Road 41/Exit 293) between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday (November 30 – December 5) nights.

– Ridge Manor: One lane may be closed in each direction of I-75 from the Pasco County line (north of County Road 41/Exit 293) to about two miles south of SR 50 (Exit 301) between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday (November 30 – December 3) nights.


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Georgia I-75 Welcome Center to Close for Renovations

Georgia I-75 Welcome Center to Close for Renovations

The Georgia Welcome Center on Interstate 75 in Ringgold will close for renovations starting Monday, November 30, 2015 for a maximum of 110 days. Motorists will have no access to the Welcome Center driveway, parking areas or building during this renovation and beautification time. Signs are up informing visitors of the scheduled closure, following the Thanksgiving holiday.

Renovations to the Georgia Welcome Center in Ringgold will include new signage, repairing both car and truck parking lots, re-striping parking lots, landscaping, repair roof and gutter leaks, replacing HVAC system, installing new plumbing fixtures with automatic flush valves and motion sensors, updating fire alarm system, replacing wall switches with occupancy sensors, replacing all light fixtures with LED light fixtures, repairing/replacing drywall as necessary, and painting the entire building.

The 10,200 square foot Welcome Center on I-75 just south of the Tennessee State line opened in 1997. These major renovations are expected to be completed within 110 days at a construction cost of $825,000. The Welcome Center is scheduled to be reopened by March 21 or once remodeling and retrofitting work is complete. Motorists will not be able to access the Welcome Center driveway, parking areas or building during the November 30, 2015 to March 21, 2016 construction time.

Funds for the renovation and beautification of the Georgia welcome centers and rest areas come from revenues collected from the Georgia LOGO program. The Georgia LOGO program offers businesses advertising along highway interchanges through placement of names and logos on signs approaching exits. It generates approximately $3.3 million annually.


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