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Contractor For Ohio Overpass Collapse Has $91M Contract

Jan 20, 2015

Ohio transportation authorities say that the overpass demolition work that resulted in a fatal collapse onto Interstate 75 is part of a three-year, nearly $91 million project.
 
The Ohio Department of Transportation says that Westerville, Ohio-based Kokosing Construction Co. was in charge of the work. The firm also is responsible for cleanup of the hundreds of tons of concrete and steel that are covering southbound lanes in Cincinnati some five miles north of the Ohio River.
 
A worker was killed Monday night and tractor-trailer driver suffered minor injuries.

Construction Worker Killed After I-75 Overpass Collapses

Jan 20, 2015
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A construction worker was killed when a section of an unused overpass collapsed onto the southbound lanes of I-75 Monday night. A truck driver was hurt when his semi hit the collapse, near Hopple Street. Chief Jeffery Blackwell says the collapse will affect southbound traffic.

"We anticipate at least a 48-hour closure of 75 South. We want to advise people to please stay away from the area," he said.

Blackwell also pointed out the truck driver was lucky.

"In a matter of seconds, his fate would have been different as well." 

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Highway patrol units in three states will launch a weekend crackdown on impaired drivers starting tonight at midnight.

Increased patrols over the weekend will focus on I-70 from Pennsylvania, through Ohio and Indiana.

Officials say they want to “reduce unsafe driving behaviors,” and they’ll be on the lookout for seat belt violations, aggressive driving and impaired motorists.

Jerry Kenney

The Dayton Police Department has begun a crackdown on traffic violations in the I-75 construction zone through downtown.  The stepped up enforcement efforts will run through September during periods of heavy traffic.

Police say they’ll be on the lookout for speed, lane change, and tailgating violations.  They’ll also be on the lookout for aggressive drivers.

No warnings will be issued and so motorists need to know the law, according to Sergeant John Ross with the Dayton PD.

Advocates say cameras increase safety.
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The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments this week about traffic cameras. The case in Toledo is one of a slew of legal challenges to cities using cameras to catch and ticket drivers for running red lights or speeding.

Motorists also filed lawsuits last week against the Dayton suburbs of Trotwood and West Carollton. That brings the number of legal cases against cameras around the state to at least eight.

Monday’s sudden snowfall is to blame for several traffic pileups on the highways in southwest Ohio and as WYSO’s Emily McCord reports the cold weather can also contribute to hazardous driving conditions.

Authorities say a southwest Ohio highway pileup involving at least 86 vehicles has left a 12-year-old girl dead.

The Interstate 275 crash was one of at least four pileups that snared dozens of vehicles in the state on Monday. Parts of the state saw scattered snow showers, with isolated pockets of heavier snowfall.

The girl died in the I-275 pileup near the Cincinnati suburb of Colerain Township. At least 20 injured people were taken to hospitals.

This story has been updated.

Today around the state there were as many as four pileups involving more than a hundred vehicles, one reported death, and numerous injuries.  As many as 50 vehicles involved in a pileup on I-75, between Middletown and Monroe. Minor injuries are reported there.

Four semitrailers and about 20 cars were involved in an afternoon pileup on I-71 near Mansfield.  Lanes of I-270 have been reopened following a multi-vehicle crash near Columbus, and…. authorities say an Interstate 275 pileup involving as many as 85 vehicles has left one person dead.

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Drivers on I-75 through Dayton should get used to orange barrels.

The Dayton Daily News reports construction work that began in 2006 will continue until 2017.  Planning for the $400 million-plus update of the interstate began in 2000, and the first phase of construction is nearly complete.  That involved adding a third I-75 lane in the area of Ohio Route 4, while removing a sharp curve and other work to relieve congestion.