Law enforcement officers to help with traffic flow at busy Belmont County intersection
ODOT to construct temporary signal until permanent fix is in place
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Friday, April 3, 2015) – Beginning Monday, April 6th, two law enforcement officers will help direct traffic through the busy State Route 7 intersection at Interstate 470 in Belmont County.
To improve traffic flow, Ohio State Highway Patrol officers will move traffic through the intersection from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
“We understand there is additional traffic, creating even more congestion at this already busy intersection due to the Marion Street bridge replacement project in Bridgeport, so we want to do what we can to help traffic flow as freely and safely as possible,” said ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam. “In the short term, the answer is using law enforcement officers to direct traffic. We’ve also fast-tracked temporary signals for our contractor to install until the permanent ones are completed.”
ODOT anticipates the temporary signals being installed by early May. Until then, law enforcement officers will be help ease area motorists’ frustrations at peak travel times.
ODOT’s planned safety improvement project – currently estimated at about $1 million – for the intersection, which will install permanent traffic signals and widen the intersection ramps, is expected to begin late this summer.
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.