Route 2 spill affects traffic
FOLLANSBEE - Northbound traffic on state Route 2 was reduced to one lane for about four hours Monday while crews cleaned up tar pitch spilled on the highway from Archer Hill Road to the Sheetz gas station at about 1:40 p.m.
Bob Fowler, Brooke County director of emergency management, confirmed the material was spilled by a truck traveling from a local steel mill and removed by a company specializing in such cleanups at the trucking company's expense.
Fowler said the spill was about a mile wide and reached some of the ditch along the highway. He said crews will lay new dirt and reseed grass in that area today.
Bridge work set for state Route 150
RAYLAND - Traffic delays are expected periodically between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. today on state Route 150 as part of a $1.4 million bridge replacement project, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported Monday.
Work began in late July to replace the bridge located over Short Creek about 3 miles west of state Route 7 between Dillonvale and Rayland.
Traffic will be stopped intermittently while ODOT's contractor, Shelly & Sands Inc. of Zanesville, sets the concrete beams for the bridge, ODOT reported. Otherwise, two-way traffic is being maintained in one, 10-foot lane with temporary traffic signals.
ODOT reported the project has an interim completion date, requiring all lanes be open to traffic by mid-December; however, some work will remain on the project through June.
Man sentenced for bringing drugs into jail
STEUBENVILLE - Thomas Chaney, 43, of 1391 Tweed Ave. was sentenced Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after pleading guilty to illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention center.
Chaney was arrested in connection with a domestic incident and was taken to the county jail on July 16.
He had a valid prescription for Suboxen but didn't tell a jailer he had the drug in his possession, which he said he tried to hide in his mouth.
Chaney will be on probation for two years. He faces up to 36 months in prison if he violates probation.
Portion of highway reopened
STEUBENVILLE - Paving work on a portion of John Scott Highway has been completed and the roadway from Sinclair Avenue to Lauretta Drive reopened to traffic late Monday.
The remaining part of John Scott Highway from Loretta Drive to Mall Drive will remain closed for approximately 60 additional days.
City Engineer Michael Dolak said the next phase of construction work on the highway will include culvert replacement, ditch line relocation, resurfacing with an asphalt overlay, installation of long life pavement markings, the replacement of guardrail and the upgrading of traffic signals.
The work also will include improving the intersection of John Scott Highway and Mall Drive.
Dolak said paving also is scheduled to start today on Scenic Drive.
"Weather permitting we will continue the paving work during the next several days on Westwood Drive, Fellows Drive and Cunningham Lane," noted Dolak.
Shelly & Sands Inc. of Rayland is responsible for both paving projects.
Public service boardmoves meeting
WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Public Service District board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at its office at 711 Charles St.
The meeting was moved from its regular time of 5 p.m.
Sanitary board meets Thursday
WEIRTON - The city's sanitary board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the conference room at the offices located at 5000 Freedom Way.
ABATE ride set Saturday
WEIRTON - ABATE of West Virginia's Upper Ohio Valley Chapter will hold a ride to benefit the Brooke- Hancock Veterans Memorial on Saturday.
Registration will begin at noon at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2716 located at 3435 Main St.
Cost will be $15 per person or $25 per couple.
The last bike out is at 1 p.m. Food and prizes will be provided at the end of the ride.
The ride is being held in memory of "Big Jim" Pittman. For information, call (304) 797-7092