Icy roads greet area motorists

MOST?SCHOOLS in the Ohio Valley were on a two-hour delay today because of icy road conditions. Ice started to form on the roads shortly before 5 a.m.

Bob Detling, road supervisor for the Belmont County Engineering Department, said ice started to form on the roads in the Barnesville area around 4:40 a.m.

“Our trucks hit the roads around 5 a.m. spreading salt. Icy roads are very dangerous for motorists so we caution them to drive slow,” he said.

The Ohio Department of Transportation, Morristown, also has its trucks on the roads spreading salt. A spokesperson at the garage said crews started at 4:50 a.m.

He said there were 16 trucks taking care of state roads in the county.

A spokesperson at the St. Clairsville police station said sidewalks and secondary roads were slippery, but main roads were in fairly good condition. He said no accidents were reported as of 7 a.m.

A dispatcher at Post 7 of the Ohio State Highway Patrol in St. Clairsville said no accidents have been reported as of 7:30 a.m.

Martins Ferry Police said there were no problems in the city regarding road conditions.