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Muskingum county residents can expect to see traffic delays and orange barrels all summer long.
The Ohio Department of Transportation met with the Muskingum County Commissioners Thursday afternoon to review the construction projects going on this summer. District 5 Deputy Director, Joe Rutherford, says there are around $21 million worth of projects scheduled for Muskingum County this year.
"One of the biggest projects will be the resurfacing of I-70, basically from Zanesville over to Guernsey County" said Rutherford. "We will do that work at night, so the more prevalent public really shouldn't see any delays or inconvenience."
Construction will also take place on parts of State Route 60, from Dresden to Duncan Falls. Rutherford advises allotting extra time in your driving schedule for construction, but doesn't believe it will be too much of an issue.
"The start of the project is really the worst time, because people aren't used to having the barrels out there." he said. "Motorists and also emergency responders are pretty smart, they know the area, they will figure out alternate ways to get from point A to point B."
For a complete list of construction in Muskingum County, and all counties in District 5, you can visit the ODOT website.
ODOT District 5: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/d05/Pages/default.aspx