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Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

August 3, 2007

ODOT Engineers to Review Similar Bridges Following Minneapolis Disaster
Offer of Assistance made to Ohio Counties and Cities, following US DOT mandate

COLUMBUS (August 3, 2007) In the wake of the tragic collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director James Beasley has asked ODOTs bridge engineers to review inspection reports on state-controlled bridges designed similarly to the failed Minnesota bridge.

Following a request by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters for states to immediately inspect any steel under-deck truss bridges similar to the I-35W Bridge, Director Beasley has also offered to work with Ohio's county and city officials who have jurisdiction over the majority of these similarly-designed bridges, to assist in their inspection efforts where needed.

There are more than 42,000 bridges in Ohio. A review of the states inventory showed that 181 bridges share in the steel under-deck truss bridge design. Of those 181, 12 are under ODOT's authority.

Per ODOTs aggressive bridge inspection program, trained inspectors have examined all 12 of those bridges within the last year. ODOT has already begun to review the most recent inspections on those 12 bridges. Its important to note that two of those bridges (along I-90W/I-90E in Lake County) are already under reconstruction; two others (along I-71N/I-71S in Warren County) are in design for replacement.

Although federal regulations only require bridges to be inspected every two years, Ohio law mandates that every bridge be inspected every year. ODOT Director Beasley has said the Department will take any additional measures to inspect those 12 bridges, as directed by the Transportation Secretary.

For the 2008 fiscal year, ODOT has $239 million budgeted to the repair, replacement, and maintenance of bridges under ODOTs authority. The Department has also devoted $91 million to assist Ohios counties and cities on their bridge projects.

Locations of the 12 ODOT-maintained bridges with steel under-deck truss bridge design:

Along the Interstate System:

  •  I-90 Innerbelt Bridge in Cuyahoga County

  •  I-471 in Hamilton County

  •  I-71 North/I-71South in Warren County - two separate bridges in each direction*

    * replacement is in design

  •  I-90 East/I-90 West in Lake County - two separate bridges in each direction**
    ** under construction to be replaced

Along the State Highway System:

  •  US 42, SR 2, and SR 10 in Cuyahoga County

  •  SR 8 in Summit County

  •  US 22 in Fairfield County

  •  SR 124 in Washington County.