Nick McWilliams reporting – Due to ongoing issues in one active construction zone, the Ohio Department of Transportation is urging all drivers to heed signs and construction notices.

One of the top complaints ODOT receives related to getting stopped in work zones, according to Public Information Officer Lauren Borell, is not seeing a visible marker.

She says that all signs are placed days in advance to make all area drivers aware, and active eyes can prevent mistakes or accidents.

 “The signs are out there. They are posted. We just need motorists to pay attention when they’re driving to watch for those signs. Slow down, drive sensibly. There’s lives on the line out there, when they’re out there working every day. We’ve had several projects popping up here recently. In Tuscarawas County, we’ve kind of ramped things up here in the midsummer.”

She says that the main hotspot has been along U.S. 250 at the State Route 800 interchange to the State Route 151 intersection in Harrison County.

“That road is closed to the general public. However, it is open to residents and businesses in that area. But we have a lot of motorists that think that they can make it through there. And that’s not the case. When the sign says the road is closed, the road is closed. And we ask that you please follow a detour, find an alternate route, and plan ahead before you head out.”

Additionally, Borell reminds all drivers that the Slow Down, Move Over campaign and law remains in place, with the importance of paying attention and moving over for work crews ramping up as more construction starts.

The completion date for the lengthy U.S. 250 project is at the end of October. 

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