Obama event expected to disrupt traffic today

Published: Thursday, November 01, 2012 @ 11:33 PM
Updated: Thursday, November 01, 2012 @ 11:33 PM

Clark County residents were urged to avoid Home Road and North Limestone Street Friday morning while President Barack Obama visits Springfield High School to rally supporters in the final days leading up to Tuesday’s election.

Traffic will likely be heavy between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m in those areas, said Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly.

Hundreds of tickets have been distributed to the event, which is scheduled to take place shortly before 1 p.m. No more tickets are available for the event at the high school, 701 E. Home Road. Doors to the gymnasium, where the rally will take place, are scheduled to open at 10:15 a.m.

Residents who attend the event should expect to pass through security, Kelly said, and he suggested residents not carry anything they would not bring to an airport. He also suggested visitors be prepared to stand for a long period of time if necessary.

“Just prepare for that,” Kelly said. “Come with a good pair of shoes because you might be standing for a while.”

The rally will have little impact on students at the high school, said Chris Shaffer, campus director for Springfield City Schools.

Tickets were distributed to about 500 students and staff members, and he said the Secret Service has helped make sure any impact on students will be minimal. He said there will be fewer students in the halls than normal during the rally, but most classes will not be affected. The rally also should not impact parents as they are dropping off their students at school or picking them up in the afternoon.

The rally will be historic because it will be the first time a president has visited the school district while in office.

“The world’s spotlight is shining on Springfield, and it’s shining on our high school,” Shaffer said.

Crash, overturned semi blocks Old U.S. 35 near Jamestown

Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 4:20 AM

UPDATE @5:55 a.m.

Old U.S. 35 is completely closed as crews work to upright an overturned semi.

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UPDATE @4:52 a.m.

The westbound lane of Old U.S. 35 is closed after a semi crashed onto its side.

The semi, which is full of sweet potatoes, remains on its side. 

FIRST REPORT

A crash has reportedly left a semi on its side on Old U.S. 35 near Jamestown Tuesday morning. 

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Deputies and fire crews were dispatched to the area of the Jamestown Church of Christ on Old U.S.  35, about a mile east of U.S. 35, around 4 a.m. on reports of an overturned semi. 

The truck was reportedly hauling sweet potatoes, according to scanner traffic from the scene. 

Old U.S. 35 is reportedly blocked in both directions due to the crash.

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Man charged after chain-reaction, 5-vehicle crash on I-75 in Butler Co.

Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 1:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 5:55 AM

UPDATE @ 5:55 a.m. 

Speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in a five-vehicle crash that shut down the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 for hours in Butler County Tuesday morning. 

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State troopers and medics were first dispatched to Interstate 75 just north of Ohio 129 around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday on a reported multi-vehicle crash, investigators with the Hamilton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a media release. 

Investigators said an initial investigation found a 2014 Hyundai sedan, driven by 25-year-old Michael Samartini, of Centerville, rear-ended a Jeep, sending both vehicles off the left side of the road and into the concrete median. The Jeep came to a rest after the crash, but the Hyundai sedan traveled back across the roadway and hit a second Hyundai in the rear that was traveling in one of the center lanes.

State troopers said a semi attempted to avoid the crash, but hit the sedan driven by Samartini, overturned, and came to a rest on its side, blocking three of the four lanes of Interstate 75. 

A motorcycle was also struck by the debris from the crash but the operator was able to come to a safe stop, state troopers said. 

The drivers of both Hyundai sedans, the semi, and motorcycle operator were transported to Atrium Medical Center for treatment of injuries, all believed to be non-life threatening. 

The driver of the Jeep was treated and released at the scene. 

RELATED: OSP investigates cause of fatal crash on Ohio 129 on Monday

Investigators said Samartini faces charges of OVI and assured cleared distance. 

The crash remains under investigation by the Hamilton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

UPDATE @ 4:35 a.m. 

All lanes of Interstate 75 in Butler County have reopened after a crash shut down the northbound lanes for around three hours, according to dispatchers with the Hamilton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

State troopers said the crash was originally dispatched as a crash with injuries, but additional details on the incident were not available. 

We’ll update this page as more details are released. 

UPDATE @ 2:45 a.m. 

Police from other agencies are diverting traffic from northbound Interstate 75 onto westbound Ohio 129. 

Officers said the suggested detour is westbound Ohio 129, to northbound Cincinnati Dayton Road, to eastbound Ohio 63. 

Additional details about the crash remain unavailable. 

FIRST REPORT

All lanes of northbound Interstate 75 are shut down just north of Ohio 129 in Butler County following a crash Tuesday morning. 

Dispatchers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed troopers were dispatched to a reported crash that occurred before 1:30 a.m. on northbound Interstate 75, between Ohio 129 and Ohio 63. 

Dispatchers confirmed the northbound lanes of the highway were shut down, but it was unknown when the highway would reopen.

Additional details were not available. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Ohio sees lowest Memorial Day gas prices since 2005

Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 5:37 AM

DAYTON — Average retail gasoline prices in Dayton have fallen 10.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.23 per gallon on Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 391 gas outlets in Dayton.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.36 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. 

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"With the summer driving season officially started, gasoline prices stand just a few cents higher than where they started last summer, an impressive feat," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com.

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Including the change in gas prices in Dayton during the past week, prices yesterday were 24.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 2.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 1.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 3.5 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. 

The average price for a gallon of gas in Dayton Tuesday morning is $2.24, with prices stable, according to GasBuddy.com. The cheapest gas, as of this morning, is $2.10 at Sam’s Club on Miller Lane near York Center Drive.

LOCAL: Man charged in chain-reaction, 5-vehicle crash on I-75 in Butler County

In Hamilton, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.31, with prices stable. The cheapest gas is $2.15 at Murphy USA on Princeton Road and Ohio State Route 4.

In Springfield, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.24, with prices stable. The cheapest gas is $2.19 at Marathon on Moorefield Road and Security Drive.  

"Surprisingly, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Maine, Missouri and Iowa just witnessed the cheapest Memorial Day at the pump since 2005, a major feat,” DeHaan said. “With the national average now seeing minor decline and roughly at the same point it was a week ago, summer gas prices are shaping up to be quite a bit lower than previous expectations and similar to what we saw last summer. This sets up a great summer season to hit the road, pointing to rising U.S. oil production in the midst of oil production cuts from OPEC for the stable prices."

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 5:25 AM

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

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Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported. 

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Surface Street Incidents

  • On Old U.S. 35, about a mile east of U.S. 35 near Jamestown, a crash involving an overturned semi has blocked the westbound lanes of Old U.S. 35. 

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 

I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west.

I-75 north ramp the US 35 east will be closed March 28th to September 23rd. ODOT lists the suggested detour as NB I-75 to US 35 west, to James H McGee Blvd, to US 35 east. 

I-70 between I-75 and SR 202, Nightly lane closures May 15th – June 6th between 6 pm and 6 am. Two lanes will be closed starting at 9 pm. 

I-70 between Airport Access Road and Taywood Road, Lane closures April 3rd - June 30th. Two lanes will remain open.

SR 741 at Austin Boulevard, Intermittent lane closures and construction work May 22nd – August 25th.  

Ludlow Street Ramp to westbound US 35 in Dayton, ramp closure May 12th – August 9th. The suggested ODOT detour is: Washington Street to US 35 west.

SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open.

Hoover Avenue between Gettysburg Avenue and Elmhurst Road in Dayton will be closed starting April 3 until early June for water line construction. The construction will also impact the intersection of Hoover and Gettysburg avenues and drivers should expect congestion and delays. Detours will be posted. 

Bridgewater Road between Taylorsville Road and US 40, bridge closure May 15th – September 12th. The official detour is: Bridgewater Road to Taylorsville Road to Rip Rap Road to Little York Road to Brown School Road to US 40

The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 

MIAMI COUNTY 

I-75 between CR 25A (Piqua) and US 36, Nightly lane closures May 30th – June 10th between 7 pm and 6 am. One lane will remain open in each direction. 

SR 202 between Ross Road and US 40, road closure May 22nd through 31st. The official detour is: US 40 to I-75 to SR 571 to SR 202

Piqua-Troy Road between Statler Road and Eldean Roadbridge closure April 12th – October 12th. The official ODOT detour is: Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson Road to CR 25A to Eldean Road to Piqua-Troy Road.

Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure until June 15th. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 

GREENE COUNTY

Gate 19B on National Road at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is closed until mid-June for a $1.3 million security upgrade. Drivers should expect delays around the base at the three gates remaining open, Gate 16B off Kaufman Avenue, Gate 1B off Springfield Street, and Gate 22B at I-675 and Col. Glenn Highway. Gate 22B will be inbound traffic only during the morning commute. 

CLARK COUNTY  

I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, ramp closure April 19th – October 31st. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.

SR 565 between SR 29 and Houston Pike, Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

DARKE COUNTY 

SR 571 between US 36 and Jaysville-St. Johns Road, road closure May 25th through June 2nd. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721

US 36 between US 127 and SR 48, Lane closures April 24th – June 30th. One lane will remain open in each direction.

SR 721 between US 36 and Covington-Gettysburg Road, bridge closure March 20th – June 3rd. The official detour is: US 36 to SR 48 to SR 718.

SR 121 between Arnold Street and Fairview Avenue, Daily lane closures April 24th – September 1st between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

MERCER COUNTY

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY 

US 36 between Berwick Drive and Dugan Road, road closure April 10th – July 10th. The suggested ODOT detour is: SR 814 to SR 296 to US 68.

US 36 between SR 814 and McMahill Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

SR 54 between SR 4 and Brigner Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

SR 55 between Elm Tree Road and Edgewood Avenue, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

SR 296 between SR 29 and SR 814Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

SHELBY COUNTY 

Amsterdam Road between CR 25A (Sidney) and Heiland Kies Road, road closure May 15th– August 15th. The official detour from ODOT is: Amsterdam Road to CR 25A to SR 274 to Heiland Kies Road to Amsterdam Road

AUGLAIZE COUNTY 

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