Round-the-clock work reopens Main Street


By Sarah Hawley - shawley@civitasmedia.com



ODOT crews worked over the weekend to reopen West Main Street following Friday morning’s rock slide. On Monday morning traffic was moving as normal in the area.


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ODOT crews were on the scene Saturday working at removing the large rock which was alongside the roadway.


Dave Harris/courtesy

POMEROY — Traffic was moving as normal on West Main Street Monday morning after crews worked over the weekend to clear a rock slide near the Marathon gas station.

“Our crews worked nonstop from Friday morning through Sunday morning to get the road reopened,” said Ashley Rittenhouse, public information officer for Ohio Department of Transportation District 10.

Rittenhouse said crews worked to clear trees and brush from the area where the rock slid in order to more easily access it before they could begin chipping away at the large rock.

“Due to its large size, it had to be broken up and removed from the hillside in pieces,” said Rittenhouse.

With the work completed, the road reopened around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The slide initially occurred around 4 a.m. on Friday. While power was temporarily disrupted in the area following the slide early Friday, it was restored by mid-morning on Friday. There were no injuries reported.

In previous Sentinel reports, Rittenhouse commented as to the potential cause of the slide, saying at this time it appears it was caused by a buildup of moisture in the area.”

“We are thankful no one was hurt,” she said on Friday.

In addition to ODOT, also on the scene were personnel from American Electric Power and the Pomeroy Police Department.

ODOT crews worked over the weekend to reopen West Main Street following Friday morning’s rock slide. On Monday morning traffic was moving as normal in the area.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/03/web1_3.21-Rocks-1.jpgODOT crews worked over the weekend to reopen West Main Street following Friday morning’s rock slide. On Monday morning traffic was moving as normal in the area. Sarah Hawley/Sentinel

ODOT crews were on the scene Saturday working at removing the large rock which was alongside the roadway.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/03/web1_3.21-Rocks-2.jpgODOT crews were on the scene Saturday working at removing the large rock which was alongside the roadway. Dave Harris/courtesy

By Sarah Hawley

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