For informational/historical purposes only.

Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

August 21, 2007

Interstate 75 Now Open

LIMA All four lanes of Interstate 75 near Bluffton have been reopened to traffic after flooding closed both the northbound and southbound lanes early this morning.

The interstate was closed at approximately 7 a.m. this morning and was opened at approximately 6 p.m.

Riley Creek in the area of the Bluffton Quarry on Interstate 75 swelled to overflow as a result of heavy rains which fell Monday evening and Tuesday morning. Adjacent ditches along Interstate 75 backed up as well causing water to flood over all four lanes of Interstate 75 between Bentley Road and Ohio 103.

Once water levels receded, engineers with the Ohio Department of Transportation were able to assess any damage to the pavement and to nearby bridge structures to determine if any repairs were needed in order to return the roadway to service.

We were concerned with a tunnel beneath Interstate 75 at the location of the quarry and two bridge structures over Riley Creek just north of the area. Once we determined the structures had not been damaged by the flooding the roadway was then reopened, said Tim Burkepile, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.

This was a unique occurrence and we appreciate the cooperation of motorists who were involved in the lengthy detour which was required in order to move traffic out of the flooded area, said Burkepile.

For information on additional lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, flooding or other related traffic events visit www.buckeyetraffic.org
 

For more information contact:
,  ODOT District 1 Public Information Officer at 419-999-6803.


original release follows:

ODOT Crews Respond to Statewide Flooding
I-75 in Allen County to Remain Closed

Interstate 75 (Allen County) - Both directions of Interstate 75 near the Allen County town of Bluffton are expected to remain closed until at least tomorrow morning as a result of high water and flooding.

Crews with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) have been out since early this morning, monitoring flooding and high water prone areas, mostly in northern Ohio. Detours have been posted as needed for effected state, U.S. and Interstate Routes. As of 3 p.m., ODOT had 28 closures and 11 restricted roadways throughout the state.

The most significant closure continues to be I-75 in Allen County. ODOT crews estimate this closure will remain in effect overnight as they wait for the water to recede before crews can assess any potential damages to the roadway or a nearby bridge.

Traffic is being re-routed onto State Route 12 in Findley to State Route 65 in Columbus Grove to U.S. Route 30 to I-75. Crews will be modifying the current detour routes to reduce congestion during the overnight hours. ODOT is also using its Highway Message Boards to alert drivers in the Toledo, Dayton, and Cincinnati areas to the closure/detour and possible delays..

Other counties with significant flood-related closures include Crawford, Hancock, Richland, Sandusky and Wyandott.

Motorists are advised to use caution when driving through areas with high water, not to drive through areas that are closed and to always slow down when driving on wet roads.

For a listing of all state road closures caused by weather, motorists are encourage to go online to www.buckeyetraffic.org.