Motorists who travel on Interstate 70 east of Zanesville have likely noticed some orange barrels in the past couple of months, and soon there will be a lane shift as well.
It’s all part of a project by the Ohio Department of Transportation to fill old coal mines that sit underneath the roadway.
"Behind us, we have a mine grouting project that we’re doing throughout this area of 70," said ODOT Public Information Officer Ericka Pfeifer. "Currently, we’re working on building the crossovers for traffic to shift and putting the concrete barriers in when that traffic does shift."
The construction is taking place near the State Route 93 overpass. Pfeifer said there’s been no immediate threat to the public, but that ODOT is simply taking proactive measures to fill the mines with a grout-like material to stabilize them and prevent potential future problems. Even though there will still be two lanes heading each direction during the traffic shift, Pfeifer still advises motorists to use caution.
"We intentionally are keeping four lanes of traffic open, which was our goal in this project. We really need people to pay attention when the crossovers are happening, when the lane shifts are happening. Slow down, avoid distractions, and pay attention."
ODOT expects the project to last throughout construction season and hopes to have it completed by the end of October.