For Immediate Release
July 1, 2015
West Side Update
Two lanes of I-70 west at I-270 on the West Side will be open sometime tonight.
By Friday at noon, there will be two lanes for both I-70 eastbound and westbound traffic.
Between now and Friday, crews will build a cross-over through the median so that I-70 eastbound and westbound is travelling on the westbound side.
Just beyond Hilliard-Rome Road, I-70 eastbound travelers will be forced to cross over onto the westbound side using two lanes. They will travel over I-270 and cross back over just before Wilson Road.
The tanker fire early Wednesday morning caused so much damage to the I-70 eastbound bridge, it is not safe for the motoring public.
Construction is expected to start soon to replace a quarter of the bridge that was damaged.
It’s believed that the fiery crash caused an estimated $1 million worth of damage.
ODOT will give the contractor 30 days to replace a section of the bridge and make the necessary pavement repairs. During the 30-day construction, the following ramps will be closed:
· I-70 east to I-270 north
· I-270 north to I-70 west
There is a financial incentive for the contractor to complete the work in less than 30 days.
Alternate routes are available on the ODOT website and social media sites.
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
3:00 PM – ODOT briefed area contractors
4:30 PM – Media briefing on construction timeline