Area Routes Remain Closed
Jackson, Pike County Level 3 Emergencies Downgraded
Chillicothe – Although Ohio Department of Transportation crews continue their efforts to clear the state highway system following this week’s winter storm, downed power lines, falling tree branches and heavy accumulations of snow and ice continue to wreak havoc on area routes.
Currently, state Route 139 in Jackson County and state routes 551 and 335 in Pike County remain closed; however, the sheriff’s departments in both counties have downgraded their road level emergencies to a Level 2. In a Level 2 emergency, routes are open to the general public, but motorists need to exercise extreme caution and should avoid unnecessary travel.
While other routes throughout the area are open and passable, many remain mostly snow and ice covered. In addition, the weight of ice and snow on trees may cause limbs and branches to fall and, in turn, force temporary lane closures. Crews will be cutting back trees as needed to avoid this threat; however, motorists are advised to pay heed and drive cautiously along tree-lined routes.
As crews in most of the District 9 counties are plowing and treating snow-covered routes, those in Lawrence County are plowing back shoulders and patrolling for ice where pavement conditions are wet and slick. Additional travel information and statewide road conditions can be found on ODOT’s Buckeye Traffic web site at www.buckeyetraffic.org.
ODOT District 9 includes Adams, Brown, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties.
Ice and Snow… Take it Slow!
For Further Information, Contact: Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
Ohio Department of Transportation, District 9
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834 in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line and outside Ohio