ODOT, OSHP Take Action After Accidents on I-90 in Lake County
LAKE COUNTY– ODOT said it has partnered with the Ohio State Highway Patrol to put safety upgrades in place, following accidents last week; one on Christmas Eve and two others on Friday, Dec. 27.
Several people were injured and dozens of cars damaged in the Christmas Eve crash. Two separate crashes on Friday night in the same area caused hours of traffic backups.
ODOT crews have placed construction barrels along the right shoulder of I-90 eastbound between State Route 44 and Vrooman Road. ODOT said Allega Cement Contractor Inc. and Great Lakes Construction Co. will be adding more barrels with steady burn amber lights to help drivers see the edge of the roadway.
In a press release, ODOT District 12 Deputy Director, Myron Pakush, said, “These construction barrels will help motorists navigate the edge of the pavement to avoid driving onto the soft shoulders. The steady burn lights will help motorists while traveling this corridor at night and during snow and ice events.”
ODOT said the contractor will also be adding a three-foot temporary concrete shoulder at several locations along I-90 eastbound in the next two weeks. They said that will strengthen the existing soft shoulder.
Also, the OSHP will be increasing efforts in the area, seven days a week, to regulate drivers’ speed through the work zone.
Lieutenant Mark Neff, Commander of the Chardon Highway Police Post, said, “When traveling through this construction zone, motorists need to be cognizant of the posted reduced speed limit of 55 mph. When weather conditions warrant, motorists need to lower their speed further and maintain sufficient distance from the vehicle they are following in the event traffic slows or stops suddenly.”
Radar speed trailers will also be placed at various locations both east and westbound to display how fast drivers are going.
When the weather turns wicked with snow and ice, ODOT said it will dedicate six snowplows to plow and salt I-90 around the clock to make sure the work zone is safe and clear.
CLICK HERE to read more on the Christmas Eve I-90 pileup.
CLICK HERE to read more on the I-90 crashes that happened on Friday.