For Immediate Release
July 1, 2015
West Side Update
· The Fire Department has not cleared the scene and allowed ODOT to thoroughly inspect the I-70 eastbound/westbound bridges at I-270.
· ODOT cannot thoroughly assess the extent of damage until we can physically inspect the bridge.
· In the next few hours, ODOT anticipates making a determination on the damage and the timeline for the repairs.
ODOT Statement attributable to Director Jerry Wray:
“As we manage the situation on Interstate 70 safety, as always, is ODOT’s top priority. We have a team of bridge and pavement experts on-site to inspect the bridge. Once the extent of damage is known, we will work to re-open the highway as quickly and as safely possible. In the meantime, we are working with the State Highway Patrol and Columbus Police to keep traffic flowing around Columbus as this incident continues to impact areas beyond the immediate crash scene. As more information is available we will communicate updates. Please visit OHGO.com for real-time traffic conditions.”
6:00 AM – Vehicle fire reported
6:30 AM – ODOT on scene
7:00 AM – I-70 EB/WB at I-270 shut down
7:15 AM – I-270 NB/SB at I-70 shut down
7:30 AM – I-270 NB/SB mainline open, ramps still closed
9:15 AM – ODOT inspectors/engineers on scene
12:15 PM – ODOT Director Wray briefed the media
For more information contact:
Nancy Burton, ODOT District 6 Communications, at 614-205-3131.