Westbound State Route 2 to Northbound SR 269
BOWLING GREEN (Tuesday, December 5, 2017) - The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District Two announces the following update to the westbound SR 2 to northbound SR 269 ramp closure in Ottawa County. Updates are highlighted in bold and underlined.
State Route 2: Slide Repair
Ottawa County: Effective Tuesday, December 5, through August 2018, westbound SR 2 near SR 269 (Exit 125) will be reduced to one lane. Through August 2018, the ramp from westbound SR 2 to northbound SR 269 (Exit 125) will be closed for slide repair. Detour: northbound SR 53 (Exit 124); SR 163. All work is weather permitting.
In Mid-November, crews noticed the pavement was cracked in the shoulder of westbound SR 2 at SR 269 exit 125, so they monitored it. Soon there was an inch difference in pavement heights, so ODOT engineers were deployed to inspect it, and the shoulder was closed.
On Wednesday, November 29, ODOT closed the ramp from westbound SR 2 to northbound SR 269, exit 125, because the difference in pavement heights was expanding. Shortly thereafter the pavement slid, or dropped down, as seen in the picture below. Because the area was already closed, nobody was injured in the slide.
Since then, ODOT has been monitoring the slide, and putting together a team to combat the problem.
ODOT geotechnical crews surveyed the area and decided to proactively close the right lane of westbound SR 2 on Tuesday, December 5.
- ODOT crews are clearing brush from the area so testing and surveying can be completed.
- Geotechnical testing and surveying will be performed to gather data.
- Once ODOT has the data and can determine what happened and why, engineers will put a project plan together.
- The timeline for this project is unknown at this time; August 2018 was the initial estimate. ODOT understands this exit is important to the area's summer tourism and will do their best to repair this slide as soon as possible.
- We know this inconveniences some travelers, but our priority is safety for the traveling public.
- We want to be good stewards of the taxpayers' money and do the proper repair, not just a quick fix that may fail in a couple of years.
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