DARKE COUNTY – Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer cautions motorists while traveling around the State Route 49 closure. The State Route 49 closure is located between Myers-Tillman and Hogpath Roads south of Greenville.
The road will be closed through April 27.
The designated detour for this closure from Greenville is U.S. Route 127 south to State Route 503 south to State Route 722 east to State Route 49. It is reversed for northbound traffic from the Darke County line.
The area on State Route 49 between U.S. Route 127 and State Route 722 is open to local traffic only and those that live in the area of the closure.
Commercial truck traffic is not permitted off the designated detour unless delivering to a specific location within the area of the closure. Commercial truck traffic traveling on State Route 49 between Hogpath and Arcanum Bears Mill Roads will be cited for operating on a closed roadway and this will be strictly enforced.
Once commercial traffic enters this area there are no roads to accommodate commercial truck traffic and few options for turning around. Private property and VanBuren Township roadways have sustained property damage as a result of traffic not following the designated detour.
Local citizens in passenger vehicles are discouraged from using VanBuren Township roads especially Sarver Road as a main route of travel. Sarver Road is a narrow township road and can not accommodate two-way traffic. This has resulted in substantial damage to the shoulder and edge of the roadway.
Local non-commercial traffic that is required to travel in this area should use Hogpath Road to Arcanum Bears Mill Road. The roadways on this route of travel can safely accommodate two-way passenger vehicle traffic.