STEUBENVILLE - City Police have issued a warning to motorists traveling east in the Washington Street construction zone.
Drivers no longer can turn left at North Seventh Street, and violators will be cited.
Police Chief William McCafferty said signs prohibiting the left turn have been posted along the eastbound lane and the left turn traffic signal has been covered over.
"But we are still seeing people attempting to make a left turn onto North Seventh Street, which is backing traffic up unnecessarily and creating the potential for accidents," said McCafferty.
All traffic on the Washington Street hill was diverted to the traditional eastbound lanes last week as crews from the Shelly & Sands Corp. remove the existing concrete roadway in the two westbound lanes.
"We have started issuing citations for illegal left turn violations and will continue to enforce that law. Drivers can drive to North Fifth Street where they can make a legal left turn. We just want drivers to observe the traffic signs and obey the law," McCafferty stated.
The westbound concrete replacement project is set for completion by early November.
According to Project Supervisor Steve Roby of Shelly & Sands, once the westbound lanes are completed the construction work will stop until the spring.
"That is when we will start on the eastbound lanes and all traffic will then be diverted to the traditional westbound lanes," Roby said.
"We will have detour signs posted and access will be maintained to all businesses. We are also urging all motorists to use caution in the construction zone and the 35-mile-per-hour speed limit will be strictly enforced by City Police," said City Engineer Michael Dolak.
"The rehabilitation work from state Route 7 to Fifth Street will be done last because the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has mandated a sewer separation project, so that will take place when the street work is starting," noted Dolak.
The project is scheduled to be completed by September 2011.
Funding for the Washington Street project is from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
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