Federal Transportation officials were in Dayton on Monday to highlight the city’s I-75 revitalization project.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is touring several cities around the country where major road construction projects are taking place. At the stop in Dayton, Foxx noted that the I-75 project is getting done with federal, state, and local dollars.
The Secretary also said that several of the nation's transportation funding programs are set to expire and he called on Congress to support a long-term transportation bill to keep projects like I-75 going.
The next major construction work in the years-long Interstate 75 project in Dayton will focus on two concrete bridge decks over the Great Miami River.
The Dayton Daily News reports that workers have been preparing dirt embankments, piers and substructures for the southbound portion of the highway through the city. The Ohio Department of Transportation plans in late 2014 to being demolition and reconstruction of the northbound bridges.
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.
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.
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.