Belmont County EMA Has Its Eyes On The Road

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The Belmont County EMA is doing its annual commodity flow study.

They will keep their eyes on State Route 800 near Barnesville for 24 hours.

They’re watching trucks and recording their placard numbers, learning how many are carrying loads that are corrosive, flammable, explosive or even radioactive.

“Basically what we’re learning is what type of chemicals are coming through the county,” explained Dave Ivan, Belmont County EMA director. “Should we have an emergency involving one of these trucks, we’ll know what type of equipment we’re going to need beforehand. So it helps us pre-plan for any incident that may happen.”

They’ve already done studies on I-70 and Route 7.

Now they’re focusing on Route 800 because of all the drilling activity near Barnesville.

Dave Ivan will spend the entire 24 hours at the site, and he’ll get help from a lot of volunteers.
They have large stand lights set up for the night-time hours.

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