Police Handling Increased Shale Traffic

As construction continues on a multi-million dollar natural gas cryogenic processing plant in Mahoning County, residents in a couple local communities are seeing a dramatic jump in traffic.

The New Middletown and Springfield Township Police Departments have stationed extra officers to watch over the intersection of Route 170 and Middletown Road. Traffic is directed to allow heavy trucks access to and from the construction site.

The contractor for the project is paying for the extra patrols.

“All Department’s maintain an off-duty rate for details. So, they pay the off-duty rate to the officer and they also pay a rental rate for the patrol unit. And that patrol unit rate gets invoiced, and it goes to the village’s general fund,” said New Middletown police Chief Vince D’Egido.

The Chief said the project could require dozens of trucks loaded with materials each day over the next several weeks.

Under the county’s “road use” agreement with the contractor, heavy trucks are prohibited during hours when local school traffic is heaviest.

Once the construction is finished, the contractor will re-pave Middletown Road.

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