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Multiple Accidents Shut Down I-70

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Two separate accidents shut down I-70 westbound between New Concord and Zanesville on Thursday, Oct. 5.

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the first accident occurred near exit 155 in Zanesville around 11:44 a.m.

The Muskingum post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSP) said injuries were reported in the five-vehicle accident, but none were life-threatening.

Traffic backed up on I-70 westbound outside of Zanesville near exit 160. A five-vehicle accident caused delays throughout the area between Zanesville and Cambridge. (Photo Credit: Brice Lillibridge).
Traffic backed up on I-70 westbound outside of Zanesville near exit 160. A five-vehicle accident caused delays throughout the area between Zanesville and Cambridge. (Photo Credit: Brice Lillibridge).

The passing lane was re-opened at approximately 2:53 p.m. before crews were able to open both lanes of I-70 westbound.

According to OSP, the second accident involved two semis and two cars around 3 p.m. closed I-70 once again, this time between mm 165 and 169 westbound between New Concord and Norwich.

ODOT reported both lanes of I-70 westbound were fully open at 7:34 p.m.  once oil and gasoline were cleared from the roadway. New Concord Fire Department responded to the scene.

Both accidents caused multiple delays between Cambridge and Zanesville along the interstate and on State Route 40 as drivers tried to maneuver around the closures.

New Concord Faces Possible Traffic Delays

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Travelers and residents may encounter some construction at the Intersection of State Route 83 and U.S. Route 40.

The construction was originally expected to be completed by Friday, September 9, but due to the long weekend they are postponing work until Tuesday, September 7. 

The Ohio Department of Transportation and Complete General Construction will be stamping concrete crosswalks at the Intersection of State Route 83 and U.S. Route 40. The majority of the crosswalk work has already been completed.

There will be lane restrictions so the Village of New Concord is encouraging people to plan for alternate travel routes to avoid traffic and delays.

The New Concord Police Department will be on the scene of the construction to help direct traffic.

According to New Concord Village Administrator, Charlotte Colley, they will be working to “ensure smooth passage of school buses” during the construction process.