Downed Trees, Power Lines Force Road Closures
*** U.S. 23 CLOSED AT PIKETON ***
Chillicothe –- Although crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) continue their efforts to battle this week’s winter storm, downed trees and power lines are forcing road closures throughout the area.
Numerous routes in Adams, Jackson, Lawrence and Pike counties have been affected, including U.S. 23 at Piketon which is closed due to downed power lines. In addition, the combination of ice and snow on tree limbs and power lines may cause more downed trees and outages and, in turn, force more road closures.
Crews are working to restore closed routes as quickly as possible, and they are continuing their efforts to plow and treat the state highway system. While unnecessary travel is discouraged, those who must travel are advised to exercise extreme caution at all times, and they are reminded that road conditions can change from mile to mile and minute to minute. They are also reminded to:
Share the road responsibly – Give snowplow operators room to work and be cautious of other motorists on the road.
Proceed with extreme caution – Pay attention to speed and distance and remember that visibility may be limited.
Plan ahead and be prepared – Know the driving conditions in your area, as well as sheriff’s level emergencies, and be prepared for sudden changes in road and weather conditions.
Additional driver safety tips can be found online at www.dot.state.oh.us by clicking on the “Ice and Snow” logo, and motorists can also learn about crew activity and travel information by logging on to 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