Police Monitor Traffic in Jefferson County During Ongoing Construction


Decisions made by drivers in high traffic areas are putting other drivers lives at risk. 

Blasting along Rush Run has been an issue for quite a few years, but now with the exits to University Boulevard and Route 22 east to Weirton and Pittsburgh at the Veterans Memorial Bridge, drivers are facing tie-ups further north up Route 7 as well. 

“We want to make sure people are using their safety belts, slowing down, playing the speed limits, and making sure they be careful and take the time to get where we need to get,” said Lieutenant Joseph Fetty, Post Commander, at the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Steubenville.

Speed is also a big concern for law enforcement. Over the Independence Day weekend, the Ohio State Highway Patrol says they wrote several speeding tickets in construction zones. One woman, they said they even had to track down going nearly 20 miles per hour over.

“You know anytime you enter into these holiday weekends on the summer you have a bunch of traffic, it’s usually double or triple the normal we have,” Fetty said.

The Rush Run project is expected to wrap up in the fall and the Veterans Memorial Bridge exits should open July 11. 

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