ZPD: Avoid Maple Ave., Take Alternate Route

by Mackenzie Stasko on October 28, 2013 at 9:49 am

Starting Monday, construction at the Dresden Point on Maple Avenue will likely cause you more headaches. A portion of Maple Ave. is already down to one lane and Zanesville Police Captain Tony Coury said drivers should prepare for even more daily delays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the Bethesda Hospital and the Dresden Point construction sites. He is urging drivers to take an alternate route, if possible.

"Or, if they can’t avoid it, to have patience," said Capt. Coury. "Everybody’s in a hurry to go somewhere and we’re gonna expect some delays in this area. Especially when they shut down traffic, we’re gonna have an officer on site. They’re gonna shut down traffic upwards to 5 minutes at a time. So if you can avoid it and find an alternate route, we would ask you to do so. If you cannot, please, be patient."

Coury said drivers need to slow down and also be mindful of the construction workers, as they are very close to the road. The Zanesville Police Department is also getting complaints about drivers not stopping at the temporary stop signs on 5th Street.

"We want people to know that there’s stop signs there. The city’s doing everything they can. We may put a message board up in that area. But we don’t need anybody getting run over. The 5th and Shinnick is close to a school there. So if you can, slow down and be patient."

Construction on Maple Ave. is expected to be completed by early Jan. 2014.  Drivers will see new street lights put back up on 5th Street sometime in December.