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LAKE COUNTY, Ohio – Less than a week after a 31-car pileup on Interstate 90 shut down a 10-mile stretch of the interstate’s eastbound lanes for six hours, new construction barrels are in place to help drivers navigate the roads more safely.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is also stepping up its presence in the area to deter speeding. Radar speed trailers placed at various points in both directions will display motorists’ speed.

The posted speed limit is 55 mph. Driver speed on icy roads and in whiteout conditions – and not the concrete construction barriers along Interstate 90 – contributed to the massive Dec. 24 crash in eastern Lake County, OHP officials said.

Over the weekend Ohio Department of Transportation crews placed the barrels along the right shoulder of I-90 eastbound between State Route 44 and Vrooman Road. More barrels, with amber lights, will be added in the area to help motorists identify the edge of the road.

Most of the accidents occurred just east of that area, between the Vrooman Road exit and the Grand River Bridge. Eight people were taken to area hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries.

Contractors Anthony Allega Cement Contractor Inc. and Great Lakes Construction Co. are adding the barrels as well as a 3-foot temporary concrete shoulder at various points along the interstate over the next two weeks.

The contractors have been involved in a $59.6 million road reconstruction project of Interstate 90 in Concord and LeRoy townships. The work is expected to be completed by summer.

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