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OSHP opens substation in Harrison Co.

Updated: Friday, September 20 2013, 03:41 PM EDT

By: NEWS9 and Kate Davison

HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio --


A new initiative by the Ohio State Highway Patrol is enabling troopers to get more involved in their "resident" county.


Currently, not every county in the state has an OSHP post. But, in an effort to provide better service, new OSHP substations are popping up statewide –- including one in the Ohio Valley.


Steubenville’s OSHP post has been in charge of responding to both Jefferson and Harrison counties. But on Friday, an OSHP substation in Cadiz opened to provide a high level of service in Harrison County at a reduced cost.


"What we're trying to do is provide a higher level of service at a minimal cost for the motoring public in Harrison County and the other counties that do not have patrol posts,” said Lt. Joe Fetty of the OSHP.


In Harrison County, the substation was the result of a partnership between the OSHP and the Ohio Department of Transportation.


"We were trying to partner with ODOT and get some office space over in Harrison County at the industrial park facility that they have,” Fetty said.


He said the new location may help to reduce response times to incidents and allow troopers to meet with Harrison County drivers for crash reports and other small jobs -- without the drive back to Steubenville.


Fetty noted that the Harrison County substation will not be manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week, because troopers in the area will still be patrolling roadways. He said the public should call ahead at (740) 264-1641 to verify someone is in the building.


The OSHP is aiming to get 31 substations up and running statewide in counties that do not have standalone posts.

OSHP opens substation in Harrison Co.


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