State Route 520 to be restricted for tree trimming work
ODOT clearing canopy over roadway and performing right of way maintenance
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, December 15, 2014) – Beginning next week, State Route 520 will be closed during daytime hours in Holmes County for tree trimming work.
Beginning Monday, December 22nd, SR 520 will be closed between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the intersection of SR 514 near the Knox County line for tree trimming and vegetation management work performed by ODOT maintenance forces.
Beginning at the intersection of U.S. 62 and SR 520, traffic will be detoured east on U.S. 62 to SR 60 north to SR 39 west to SR 514 south back to SR 520, and reverse.
ODOT’s Holmes County crew will be using a “SkyTrim” unit for canopy removal and right of way clearing and maintenance and are expected to work at this location for three weeks. Motorists should plan ahead to avoid delays.
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.”
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 D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us