For Immediate Release
July 1, 2015
West Side Update
· ODOT inspectors and engineers are in bucket trucks and on foot inspecting every inch of the I-70 eastbound bridge that was damaged in this morning’s tanker fire.
· They use a technique called “sounding.”
· When they hit all parts of the bridge, it makes a sound that helps them determine whether the concrete is loose or solid. That determines repairs versus replacement.
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
1:30 PM - Fire Department allowed ODOT to begin inspection
1:30 PM – ODOT physically inspecting the bridge to determine extent of damage
For more information contact:
Nancy Burton, ODOT District 6 Communications, at 614-205-3131.