Crews Will Keep Going Tonight
Lawrence County Routes Closed Due To Flooding
Chillicothe (Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – 5:45 p.m.) – Just like the Energizer Bunny, crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation keep going and going and going…
Many routes in the area are mostly clear, but snowplow operators from ODOT District 9’s highway maintenance facilities continue working this evening to clear the state highway system of hard-packed snow and ice leftover from the mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow. Along with plowing and treating routes, crews are also patrolling roadways for freeze overs where pavement is clear and wet.
Although Lawrence County did not receive the same wintry mix as other parts of the district, there was a significant rain during the storm, which has caused flooding on several routes. Currently, closures on the state system include:
- S.R. 141 just north of its junction with S.R. 775 at Wilgus;
- S.R. 217 near the 12.0-mile marker, between S.R. 775 and S.R. 218;
- S.R. 218 at the 2.0-mile marker, just south of the Gallia County line;
- S.R. 775, just south of S.R. 141 at Wilgus; and
- S.R. 775, just south of S.R. 217 at Scottown.
Crews will be checking all routes throughout the county to determine when the roads can be reopened and to verify that there are no other underlying issues, particularly with ditches and culverts.
In addition to these closures, S.R. 243 in Lawrence County is restricted near the 18.0-mile marker and S.R. 7 where there has been a washout. Currently, the route remains open, and crews have placed barrels along the shoulder to alert motorists. Crews are scheduled to be working at this location tomorrow to correct the washout.
ODOT District 9 includes Adams, Brown, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line and outside Ohio