NORTH JACKSON, Ohio (WKBN) – With roadwork up ahead, traffic was slowing down on Interstate-76 eastbound near the turnpike interchange. The signs are there. So are state troppers.
ODOT spokesman Brent Kovacs says, “However large the backup is, for the work tonight (Wednesday night), we’ll have some police cruisers out there with their flashing lights on”.
A crash involving two semi-trucks and a car killed two people Tuesday night. Traffic was slow headed into the zone.
Kovacs says they do have signs up. “We believe the crash happened about a mile and a half before the lanes shifted over to one lane. So, unfortunately, a motorist missed a message board.”
The work is actually being done on I-80. Kovacs says crews are repairing sections of pavement on Wednesday night and again one day next week between the turnpike and Route 46. Work will then move to the same section of I-80 but in the westbound direction.
Sgt Brad Bucey with the Ohio State Highway Patrol says it’s really about paying attention. “Looking down at the radio. I mean, it doesn’t take very long, especially at the speeds, 70 miles an hour on the interstate at that time. You have to allow a lot of difference in between.”
Following a fatal crash on the turnpike on July 31, crews moved their warning signs back an extra mile from the actual construction zone to warn drivers that much earlier of what is ahead of them.