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The Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

January 4, 2005

ODOT Continues Battling Winter Weather
 
Department Expands Focus to Include Flood Conditions

(Columbus) While spring is still several months away and winter weather conditions are expected to return, ODOT crews have expanded their focus to include potential flooding. The thawing snow from the late-December snow storm coupled with recent rains have saturated the ground and swollen waterways.

Our forces worked around the clock over the holidays to clear roads of snow and ice and keep them safe, said ODOT Director Gordon Proctor.  In addition to being prepared to combat future winter weather, we are expanding our efforts to address potential flooding which could cripple bridges and culverts, create mud slides and leave debris in the road.

Crews began closing interstate ramps and secondary roads late Monday night as rivers, creeks, and streams crested around the state.  The ramp from Interstate 270 eastbound to U.S. Route 23 northbound on Columbus south side was first to close.  Crews worked Tuesday morning pumping water from the flooded roadway into newly-dug retention ponds in hopes of re-opening the ramp by morning rush hour Wednesday.  Other closures include:

  • the ramp from Interstate 70 eastbound to State Route 79 southbound in Licking County,

  • U.S. Route 60 in Holmes County from State Route 62 to the Coshocton County line,

  • State Route 302 in Wayne County from Silver Road to County Road 30A in Wooster Township, and

  • the left lane of U.S. Route 422 westbound through Parkman Township in Geauga County.

Based upon changing weather conditions, roads around the state may close for short durations.  For a complete list of up-to-date closures due to high water, visit www.buckeyetraffic.org

This weeks flooding comes on the heels of the worst winter storm in recent history.  Since December 23, the department used more than 111,000 tons of salt and nearly $6 million in labor, equipment and material costs.  In a typical year, ODOT uses approximately 480,000 tons of salt and spends around $36 million.