For Immediate Release
July 2, 2015
West Side Update
The contractor, Shelly and Sands, will begin work on the I-70 eastbound bridge damaged in yesterday’s tanker fire first thing tomorrow morning.
Crews will first start demolishing the damaged section of the bridge.
Out of bids received from four separate contractors, Shelly and Sands was awarded the contract for $1.2 million.
Meanwhile, more progress was made today on the temporary road for I-70 eastbound and westbound travel. Despite the rain earlier today, ODOT is confident two lanes of I-70 east and west will be open by noon tomorrow.
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.”
Wednesday, July 1
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 began physically inspecting the bridge to determine extent of damage
3:00 PM – ODOT briefed area contractors
4:30 PM – Media briefing on construction timeline
5:45 PM – I-70 WB open
7:00 PM – Excavation on the “crossover” for I-70 east travel begins
10:30 PM – Media briefing by ODOT Deputy Director Ferzan Ahmed on overnight construction of the temporary road for I-70 east
Thursday, July 2
4:30 AM – Contractor still excavating and building temporary road for I-70 travel
7:00 AM – Media briefing by ODOT Deputy Director Ferzan Ahmed on overnight progress
8:00 AM – ODOT leads first tour of the damaged bridge with the media
11:45 AM – Media briefing on temporary road construction
2:00 PM – Bids opened
4:30 PM – Media briefing with ODOT and Shelly and Sands
Note: A graphic of new traffic pattern for I-70 EB and WB starting tomorrow at noon is found HERE.