ODOT Plans to Open Damaged Bridge Thursday
Columbus (January 24, 2017) – (NEW) Two days of repairs are all that is needed to open the bridge in Dublin that was damaged when a tanker truck carrying gasoline crashed Monday morning. Weather permitting, the ramp from 33 eastbound to Interstate 270 east will be open in time for the Thursday morning commute.
The crash and fire damaged a third of the driving surface on the bridge and about 250 feet of concrete wall on both sides of the bridge.
To get the bridge open to traffic, ODOT will pave a section of the bridge deck and install portable concrete barrier on both sides of the bridge. Permanent repairs on the structure will occur in the spring when the weather is better.
Thursday morning drivers will notice a slight change as they travel on the ramp and over the bridge. Instead of two travel lanes on the ramp for 270 east, there will be just one. On US 33 eastbound as drivers approach the I-270 ramps, there will only be three lanes, not four. The far right lane will be closed.
The left lane will be for through traffic on US 33. The center lane is an option lane to continue on US 33, I-270 east or south. The right lane will be the exit lane for I-270 south only.
Construction on the $71 million I-270/US 33/161 interchange reconfiguration started in March 2015 and is scheduled to be complete later this year. Final paving, striping and landscaping still need to be done.
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