Work begins in just over a month on the State Route 93 turn lane project.
Currently crews are working to move utilities including cable and power in order for the project to begin in early July. What was going to be a thirty day closure is now a full sixty days.
"This way it will be safer for the residents to get in and out of the project," said Muskingum County Engineer Doug Davis. "It will be safer for emergency vehicles if they have to go north also for all the business traffic coming from the Eastpointe Industrial Park."
The engineer’s office is working with the Ohio Department of Transportation to create a local detour. Signs will be posted on the interstate and roadway. Davis said the turn lane is much needed.
"It will provide two entrances. If right now there would be an issue or a problem or take care or maintain the roadway or if there would be an accident it would be devistating," said Davis.
The project is being funded with money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will cost around $900,000 to complete. Zemba Brothers is contracted to complete the turn lane around the start of the school year.