For Immediate Release
July 21, 2015
70 Eastbound Bridge Opens Almost Two Weeks Early
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced today that the Interstate 70 eastbound bridge at 270 on the west side will be open by the Tuesday morning commute which is 12 days ahead of schedule.
On July 1, a tanker carrying 8,000 gallons of ethanol crashed on the 270 SB to 70 EB ramp destroying a span of the bridge and the roadway underneath. ODOT said it would take 30 days or until August 1 to complete.
The contractor, Shelly and Sands along with several sub-contractors including Paul Peterson Construction, Griffin Striping and Vista Construction worked around the clock and through inclement weather to get the bridge open.
“This section of Interstate 70 is a vital east-west corridor where 100,000 vehicles travel every day,” said Jerry Wray, ODOT Director. “I am so pleased with the efforts by the team at ODOT who worked side by side with the contracting team.”
Here’s what others are saying about the rapid repair and by the alternate routes that were used to maintain traffic through area after the crash.
“AAA would like to commend The Ohio Department of Transportation for its handling of the I-270/I-70 bridge damage that resulted from a truck fire. From finding an immediate solution to keep traffic flowing along this busy and critical Columbus corridor, to keeping the motoring public informed throughout the process, and completing repair of the bridge far ahead of schedule, ODOT demonstrated a level of professionalism that did not go unnoticed by our organization.“ – Kimberly Schwind, AAA Ohio
“The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has had and continues to have a great sense of urgency with this very difficult project,” Rep. Hackett stated. “I personally travel this stretch of highway on my daily commute, and I could not be more pleased with the ODOT’s work.” - State. Rep. Bob Hackett (R-London)
“The trucking industry would like to commend the excellent work by the Ohio Department of Transportation and it's contractors to complete this project so efficiently. I-70 is such an important freight corridor. Completion of this project early not only shows the commitment ODOT has to effective project management but the economic viability of the state of Ohio. “ – Thomas Balzer, President of the Ohio Trucking Association.
To get the new bridge and some of the ramps open tomorrow, traffic will be impacted hour by hour beginning tonight:
7 PM: I-70 east will be reduced to one lane through the crossover
8 PM: I -70 east will close through the crossover. Eastbound traffic will have to exit at I-270 south.
12 midnight: The new bridge on I-70 east will OPEN to traffic. (two through lanes)
70 WB will also be two lanes.
Also at midnight: The ramp from I-70 east to I-270 south will close for restriping.
6 AM: The following ramps will re-open:
· I-70 east to I-270 north
· I-270 south to I-70 east
· Both lanes of I-70 west to I-270 south
· I-70 east to I-270 south (will return to one lane)
· Roberts Road will not be back to its original configuration until Thursday morning.
After the bridge and most of the ramps re-open Tuesday morning, there’s still work to do to remove the temporary concrete barrier wall on I-70 west, remove overhead signage and re-stripe lanes and ramps. Until that is complete, the speed limit on I-70 west over I-270 will remain 45 mph. The speed limit on I-70 east will be 55 mph.
By Thursday morning’s rush hour, Roberts Road will be back in its original configuration, and the ramp from 270 north to 70 west will be open. The speed limit on I-70 west will return to 55 mph Thursday morning.