PAINESVILLE, OHIO: State transportation officials say construction barriers that played a role in a pileup this week in northeast Ohio were slated for removal this winter.
The Plain Dealer reports that bad weather had slowed reconstruction along Interstate 90.
A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation tells the newspaper that the concrete barriers remained while workers waited to paint lane markings.
A 10-mile stretch of I-90 eastbound was closed Tuesday after dozens of vehicles collided during snow squalls east of Cleveland.
A state trooper told the newspaper that the barriers gave drivers little room to maneuver as they tried to avoid cars that had either stopped or crashed in front of them.
State transportation spokeswoman Molly Leonard says workers still plan to take the barriers down this winter.