The closing of the northbound lanes of Northpointe Drive in Muskingum County due to a slip is not only a headache for drivers, it has now become a safety concern.
The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office has received many complaints from drivers in the southbound lane saying northbound drivers are ignoring the closure where the slip occurred and are using the southbound lane causing near accidents with drivers. Sheriff Matt Lutz says even though one lane is open, it does not mean motorists can go around the road closed signs which has prompted deputies to take action.
"We had people having to go into the southbound lane to get around the sinkhole or whatever it is. We’ve had some near accidents there of people getting hit so our guys started enforcing and patrolling that roadway and enforcing the road closed signs especially when people are going around two road closed signs," said Lutz.
Lutz says deputies have issued over 100 tickets since the road closed. Lutz adds that deputies are not issuing the tickets to generate funding, but for the safety of motorists.
"If our deputies are in between calls or if its a slower day, then we hill have a couple people sitting up there in the area and just monitoring like we do other places if we have stop sign violations or speeding violations, it’s just something that our people are monitoring," added Lutz.
No word yet from the County Engineer’s Office when the road is expected to be repaired and re-opened, but at the time it was closed, the county said it would be for an indefinite time.