State Route 379 to be restricted for tree trimming work
ODOT uses “Jarraff” to clear canopy over roadway and perform right of way maintenance
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, December 10, 2012) – Beginning tomorrow, December 11th, State Route 379 will be closed during daytime hours in Belmont County for tree trimming work.
ODOT’s Belmont County crew will be using the “Jarraff” – a shared piece of equipment between three ODOT districts used 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.”
Short sections of SR 379 will be closed at a time during daytime hours only between the Monroe County line and the SR 147 intersection to allow for this work.
Crews are expected to work on SR 379 most of December. Motorists should plan ahead to avoid delays.
The “Jarraff” is self-contained and requires virtually no set up time. It allows smaller crews to do more work in less time, and since workers never leave the ground, the “Jarraff” adds safety to the job.
This is the first time that the “Jarraff” will operate in eastern Ohio. It completed work this past summer in Guernsey County.
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