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County road 18 in Putnam county closed at Ohio 613
Culvert issue requires closure
LIMA (Monday, January 14, 2013)County Road 18 approximately three miles east of Continental at Ohio 613 just west of Ohio 15 is closed for an undetermined amount of time due to a failure of a culvert beneath the roadway.
Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director, said heavy rainfall over the weekend caused separation in a culvert beneath County Road 18 leaving the roadway unstable.
The roadway was closed to traffic on Sunday evening. The closure is on the south side of Ohio 613. Ohio 613 remains open.
The culvert is maintained by the state of Ohio because it services the drainage for Ohio 613. ODOT is currently in the process of assessing the work which must be done to repair the culvert. “Until the water in the area recedes, we cannot make a determination of the work or time required to make the repair,” said Slusher.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.