ODOT restoring Safe Transportation after Deadly Tornado
Traffic Signal at State Route 795 and Lemoyne Road now operational
BOWLING GREEN (Friday, June 18, 2010) - Still cleaning up the areas of Northwest Ohio damaged by severe weather and tornadoes, the Ohio Department of Transportation reached a milestone in restoring safe transportation to the region by the installing traffic signals damaged by the storms at State Route 795 and Lemoyne Road in Wood County.
The barricades at the intersection of State Route 795 and Lemoyne Road are now removed and traffic can now access Lemoyne Road, adjacent to heavily damaged Lake High School.
“It’s just one step closer to getting one of the hardest hit areas restored,” said District Two Deputy Director David Dysard. “Damage to the signals was extensive; the base of the signal was ripped from the concrete and thrown into the Lake High School yard.” The cost to rewire and reinstall new concrete posts and new signals is estimated to be around $60,000.
Following Governor Ted Strickland’s emergency declaration on Sunday, June 6, ODOT crews from across an eight-county region now have wrapped up work to clear debris across Fulton, Wood, Lucas and Ottawa counties. This past week, ODOT forces were mainly focused on removing extensive tree damage in this four county area.
By the end of this Thursday, ODOT crews had hauled away more than 225 total loads of debris from the hardest hit areas. ODOT expects its total investment of labor, equipment and materials to exceed more than $300,000.
Crews are on standby to assist in opening State Route 795 between Interstate 280 and State Route 51 in Wood County. This area is expected to open once electrical transmission towers are reestablished. Toledo Edison crews hope to have this project complete by the end of June.
For more information contact: Scott Varner, ODOT Central Office Communications, at 614-644-8640 or Theresa Pollick, ODOT District 2 Public Information Office, at (419) 373-4428