State Route 342 to be restricted next week for tree trimming work
ODOT clearing canopy over roadway and performing right of way maintenance
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, June 22, 2015) – Beginning next Monday, June 29th, State Route 342 will be closed during daytime hours in Harrison County for tree trimming and vegetation management work.
SR 342 will be closed between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the four-mile stretch between West Chester (Tuscarawas County line) and Freeport through Thursday, July 2nd.
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.”
Beginning at the intersection of SR 258 and SR 342 in Tuscarawas County, traffic will be detoured north on SR 258 to SR 800 south back to SR 342, and reverse. 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.
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 Becky.Giauque@dot.ohio.gov