A sudden burst of winter weather is keeping the Ohio Department of Transportation on its toes, and more could be on the way.
ODOT Transportation Manager for Muskingum County Raymond Dailey said crews were not expecting temperatures to dip into single digits overnight, which makes salt less efficient on the roadways. Dailey said ODOT was still able to clean up the mess before the morning traffic rush, but now he's already looking ahead to the next obstacle - ice.
Southeast Ohio is expected to see its first snowfall Thursday night, and the Ohio Department of Transportation is preparing for what could be a messy morning commute on Friday.
Transportation Administrator for Muskingum County Raymond Dailey said his workers are getting the trucks ready by filling them up with fuel and checking the tire pressure. He said the rain limits how much preparation can be done before the storm hits.
Four roadway projects in Muskingum County will be reviewed for possible funding.
The Ohio Public Works District Sub Committee met Monday morning to discuss nine roadway projects needing attention. The committee selected four of the projects most likely to be approved for the Ohio Public Works funding. The final decision will be based on a number of criteria, including the need of the project, the area it affects and the readiness to proceed.
You might not have seen any construction on State Route 60 in Muskingum County over the holiday weekend, but the project will resume next week.
Ohio Department of Transportation District 5 Deputy Director Joe Rutherford said contractors will begin working on side streets that intersect the roadway on Monday. He said resurfacing of Maple Avenue should start on September 19th and finish by October 31st.
"Asphalt resurfacing is a weather sensitive activity, so we'll see...
The Ohio Department of Transportation, District 5 Deputy Director Karl D. Newman announces the passing lane of Interstate 70 eastbound between Underwood Street and the Hamline Bridge in Zanesville will be restricted for maintenance work.
Weather permitting the lane will re-open by 1:00 p.m Friday.