Ironton-Russell Bridge Now Open
Chillicothe (Friday, February 20, 2015) – Following a second overnight closure, the Ironton-Russell Bridge has been reopened to traffic.
With the temperature in Ironton well-above the targeted +5-degree Fahrenheit mark and continuing to rise this afternoon, ODOT bridge engineers and inspectors have concluded that the bridge may be reopened to traffic. According to data gathered from the gauges on the bridge, no sudden decreases or increases were shown to have occurred during the closure when temperatures were at their coldest.
Closure of the Ironton-Russell Bridge is deemed necessary during extreme cold as the structure’s steel truss structure may not be wholly protected should it incur damage from any severe or unusual external force in sub-zero weather.
For information on additional lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, flooding or other related traffic events throughout the state, visit ODOT on the web at www.Ohgo.com
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line & outside Ohio