ODOT utilizing “Jaraff” to clear overhead canopy on U.S. 40
Jacksontown, Ohio (Monday, August 12, 2013) – ODOT’s Guernsey County crews began tree trimming operations this morning along U.S. 40. Work began near SR 265 and will continue to the Village of Old Washington over the next several weeks.
The Guernsey County crew is utilizing a special piece of equipment called the “Jaraff” to trim and cut trees along U.S. 40. The “Jaraff” is an all-terrain tree trimmer that allows for smaller crews to do more work in less time. This machine maximizes production and enhances worker and operator safety by allowing the operator and workers on site to never leave the ground.
Tree trimming operations are a very important part of ODOT’s roadway maintenance operations. Clearing overhead canopy from roadways improves pavement longevity and increases motorist’s safety, especially during winter months.
Traffic is being maintained during this operation, however, motorists should plan ahead to avoid any possible delays associated with this work. Traffic will be stopped intermittently to clear large branches or brush.
Work hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday and should be completed by August 30, weather permitting.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For additional information, please contact:
Lauren Holdsworth at (740) 323-5204
or email D05.PIO@dot.state.oh.us