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The 16 counties that make up both district one and two, have used more than 26,550 tons of salt and 1.3 million gallons of de-icer from the start of winter until January 13th. That is up from 20,520 tons of salt and 1.2 million gallons of de-icer for the same time period in 2019. Plus, ODOT workers have driven 14,000 more miles this year to make the roads safer this winter.
The overpass has been closed since December 22nd when an over-height vehicle struck the underside of the bridge. The damaged section of the deck has been removed and it is safe for motorists on U.S. 30 traveling under Slabtown Road. While emergency repairs were made for safety concerns, the timeline to complete the replacement of the bridge deck over the westbound lanes of U.S. 30 depends on a specific beam.
A project that would build an overpass at a heavy traffic intersection in Findlay will now move on to its next step. The project would construct an overpass at the intersection of State Route 15 at County Road 180 in Findlay.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is starting work on the Slabtown overpass after it was damaged on Tuesday night. Those with ODOT say that the boom of a truck was not lowered all the way and struck the overpass over US 30.
Staying ahead of the snow was the key as both the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Allen County Engineer's Office sent out their crews to get the roads ready. Behind the garage at ODOT District 1, there's 4,200 tons of salt that will be used throughout the season to help with the road clearing process.
The Ohio Department of Transportation will improve the intersection of State Route 501 and Fort Amanda Road in Allen County by providing better signage to caution drivers.
Construction areas on highways are a common sight in Ohio before the weather gets too cold, and that means that workers are on the roads. Unfortunately, crashes in these sites do happen - and that's why the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Highway Patrol are teaming up to make work zones safer around the state, including in Allen County between Bluffton and Beaverdam on I-75.
Elm and Pine will be closed from Monday, September 28th through Friday, October 16th. Crews will be reconstructing the roadway and replacing the decks on both bridges. The Ohio Department of Transportation is managing the 3.9-million dollar project. The closure will also include the Ottawa River bikeway tunnel.
If you've driven down State Route 309 lately, you may have seen the new signs - and now, drivers will be seeing more state troopers and ODOT signage in an effort to lower the number of crashes in the area. From Robb Avenue in Lima to Pioneer Road in Elida, law enforcement will be increasing their lookout for dangerous driving.
The Ohio State Highway air patrol will conduct targeted enforcement around Ohio Department of Transportation construction zones. I-75 in Allen County was mentioned as one of the locations. There have been 12 deaths in construction zones in Ohio this year.