State Route 7 remains closed due to flooding from heavy rainfall
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, August 20, 2014) – State Route 7 was closed in both directions earlier this morning between Brilliant and Rayland in Jefferson County due to flooding in the construction zone at Rush Run.
Work is underway to relieve the overloaded median drainage system, so the road can be reopened to traffic later today.
The only other complete road closure remaining this morning in eastern Ohio is on SR 9 at Stone Plant Rd. in Harrison County.
Other locations around the region may still be experiencing high water, but no other roads are closed at this time. The waters seem to be receding fairly fast; however, officials remind motorists to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” when they find high water across a roadway.
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