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
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
District 1 Public Information Officer at
original release follows:
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
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.