State Route 9 to be restricted for tree trimming work

ODOT clearing canopy over roadway and performing right of way maintenance
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, March 31, 2014)Beginning next week, State Route 9 will be closed during daytime hours in Harrison County for tree trimming work.
Beginning Monday, April 7th, SR 9 will be closed during daytime hours from Hanover Ridge Rd. to SR 151. Then the following week, crews will work between Hanover Ridge Rd. and Camp Rd. (Archer Twp. Rd. 185). 
ODOT’s Harrison County crew will be using a “SkyTrim” unit for canopy removal and right of way clearing and maintenance.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said, “Clearing overhead canopy from our roads improves our pavement longevity and increases motorist safety in the winter.” 
Crews are expected to work on about three miles of SR 9 for the next month between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. No official detour will be posted. Motorists should plan ahead to avoid delays. 
The “SkyTrim” is self-contained and requires virtually no set up time. ODOT also uses a similar unit called the “Jarraff” and has completed work in other parts of eastern Ohio with it. Both machines allow smaller crews to do more work in less time, and since workers never leave the ground, the equipment adds safety to the job. 
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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 more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us