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US 250 Closing
September 5, 2010 - Michael Palmer
US 250 will be closing between Tappan Lake and Cadiz for 45 days starting Tuesday Sept. 7.
The usual flow of the traffic including 300 plus semi-tractor trailer trucks that are used to a leisurely 65 mph scenic drive along Tappan lake will be rerouted down 151 and then back along 9 into Cadiz.
Not exactly your best travel accomodations for such traffic. These two sections of road are winding, with hills and narrow in comparison to the section of US 250 the traffic usually travels.
In their path is the small village of Scio, speed limit 35 mph, then 25 mph and including a school zone during restricted hours. The route has more than a few stops for school buses picking up and dropping off students along the route which also includes the Conotton Valley district and their buses also must cross what is sure to be a very busy highway while transporting students. Add a few horse and buggy hazards from the increasing Amish community in that section of Harrison County and you have a recipe for disaster.
The Scio Volunteer Fire Department is prepared for any traffic mishaps with quality EMT and Fire equipment and personnel. Representatives of the department have stated that the state and their law enforcement division have suggested that the emphasis on any traffic accidents should be placed on keeping the traffic moving. The concensus of opinion is that for the first few days all will be fine as drivers explore their new surroundings and learn the route. Then, it is feared that the speeds will increase and then the problems will ensue.
The state has added traffic signals. Currently there are three red - green stop lights in the county. Two located in Scio and one downtown in Cadiz. The new signals more than double the current amount with signals being temporarily set at the intersections of 151 and 250, at 151 and 9 near Jewett, then two sets at the 250 and 9 exits on 22 in Cadiz.
It could be that drivers will not be angered by the detour and the delays it causes and will drive cautiously and with extra courtesy for the locals....well maybe we should not count on that. I would think that the Harrison County Sheriffs department and Wintersville post of the highway patrol will have their hands full with the detours.
In addition, the locals will be using the county and township roads to detour around the closure. That should give the cows and deer something to entertain them while they pass the time chewing their cud.
If nothing else, things will be interesting over the next six weeks in Harrison County.
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