ODOT urges motorists to Turn Around Don’t Drown
ASHLAND (Wednesday, April 30, 2014) – With the heavy rains on roadways yesterday and throughout the day today, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 3 reminds motorists to be aware of the force and power of water, and to Turn Around Don’t Drown.
While many roadways are experiencing spots with high water, only two in north central Ohio are closed for the safety of motorists. The following updates are available:
State Route 96, Richland County
SR 96, just west of its intersection with State Route 13 in Franklin Township, is closed. The detour route for eastbound motorists is SR-96 to Ganges-Five Points Road, north on Ganges-Five Points Road to State Route 603, east on SR-603 to SR-96, and reverse for westbound motorists.
State Route 302, Wayne County
SR 302, between West Old Lincoln Way and Silver Road in Wooster Township, is closed. The detour route for westbound motorists is SR-302 to Old Lincoln Way, West on Old Lincoln Way to U.S. Route 250, West on U.S. 250 to Silver Road, East on Silver Road to SR-302, and reverse for eastbound motorists.
These roads will reopen when the high water recedes and are deemed safe for travel.
ODOT safety experts urge motorists to be aware when approaching a flooded road, stop, and do not cross. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. NEVER drive around the barriers that warn you a road is flooded.
With water across the roadway, drivers cannot always determine the depth of the water or the condition of the road under the water. Six inches of moving water can knock a person down and a mere two feet of water can move a large vehicle. The best advice: Turn Around Don’t Drown. Road beds may be washed out under flood waters.
Many weather conditions can cause a flash flood, making these the most dangerous kind of flooding because they combine the destructive power of high water with incredible speed and unpredictability. Rapidly rising water creating a flash flood may occur with little warning.
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For more information contact:
Christine Myers, District 3 Communications, at 419-207-7182