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Published: Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 3:42 PM
DAYTON — The damaged on-ramp bridge from northbound Smithville Road to U.S. 35 westbound will remain open and unrepaired until 2019 when that bridge is removed as part of a full-interchange rebuild, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The ramp, which loops over U.S. 35, was damaged in November 2016 when a flatbed truck carrying a huge heating and cooling unit struck the underside of the bridge. ODOT spokeswoman Mandi Dillon said the impact caused significant damage to the edge of the bridge, and portions of concrete were removed for safety reasons.
The state received $86,204.61, which was full payment on its claim from the truck company’s insurance for the damage, said Matt Bruning, ODOT spokesman.
ORIGINAL STORY: Ramp closes after truck hits bridge
Bruning said it is typical for the state to seek repayment from at-fault drivers or their insurers for damage caused to infrastructure in crashes.
The on-ramp has remained open since then, but appears to have a large bite out of the concrete where the bridge goes over the highway, with the side wall of the bridge removed. Concrete barriers have been placed on the ramp to prevent cars from getting too close to the damaged area.
Ohio Department of Transportation officials said the ramp is safe in its current condition.
“What you’re seeing is more exterior (issues),” Dillon said Wednesday. “We have had that bridge inspected. It is safe. What you’re seeing is not anything that’s weight-bearing or going to cause a safety issue.”
“I know it sometimes looks different, but it is safe.”
Dillon said ODOT keeps an eye on the bridge to make sure concrete around the impact area doesn’t crumble onto the highway.
“It would have required structural repair in that section that’s been blocked off, and they’re going to be (removing) it in 2019,” Dillon said. “It just made more sense with taxpayer dollars to wait rather than put all this money into it and then replace the interchange in a year.”
A description of the 2019 project says the looping “flyover” ramp that was damaged will be completely removed and not replaced.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 5:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 5:20 PM
— Increasing clouds are expected this evening. Overnight we’ll keep an eye out for a few light showers as rain chances increase, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures overnight will drop into the middle to upper 30s.
Sunday: We’ll experience cloudy skies with a chance for drizzle and fog. A few light showers will be possible as temperatures climb into the mid 40s.
Monday: It’ll be mainly dry to start the day, but rain chances increase late morning into the afternoon. Gusty winds will be likely as temperatures soar into the lower 50s.
Tuesday: A colder, blustery day with the chance for a few passing snow showers or flurries. Highs will be in the mid-30s, but will feel like the teens and 20s.
Wednesday: Some sunshine make a return, but it will still be breezy and cold in the upper 30s.
Thursday: Temperatures will top out in the upper 30s under partly cloudy skies.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 5:50 PM
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — An assault rifle is a prize in a raffle to raise money for programs to help disadvantaged children.
Channel 9 found out that phone calls to buy tickets for the raffle go to three Central Florida county jails.
The flyer advertising the raffle was created by the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency.
It advertises a chance to win an AR-15 rifle. There are phone numbers on the flyer to buy $20 tickets.
Every one of the numbers directs the caller to someone's desk at the Orange, Seminole and Osceola County jails.
Some were perplexed by the offer.
“Probably a good value, but it’s very bizarre and counterintuitive,” said Andrew Shure.
Information on the raffle to win the $1,200 gun was tweeted by the St. Cloud police.
The local Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency chapter said the $6,800 or so raised would be used for community projects, like buying gifts for underprivileged children.
“They could raffle off a car or something other than a gun. That doesn’t make sense to raffle off a gun,” said Laura Stephenson.
Officials in Orange and Seminole counties seemed surprised that calls for information about the AR-15 raffle were going to county jail offices.
There is an asterisk on the flyer that said the winner must comply with applicable laws and background checks.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 4:54 PM
FAIRFIELD TWP. — Police are investigating after a reported shooting outside a Walmart in Fairfield Twp.
Fairfield Township Police were called at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday to the Walmart at 3101 Hamilton Princeton Road.
According to scanner traffic, a person was shot in the leg during the incident.
Initial reports may have been drug related.
We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 5:06 PM
— Researchers with the American Meteor Society found two meteorites just days after a meteor lit up the sky across part of Michigan, according to a tweet from AMS.
“We are happy and excited to report, two meteorites from the Jan. 16th fall have been found in Michigan,” the Thursday tweet said. “Congratulations to Robert Ward and Larry Atkins on the first two reported finds.”
We are happy and excited to report, two meteorites from the Jan 16th fall have been found in Michigan today. Congratulations to Robert Ward and Larry Atkins on the first two reported finds.https://t.co/owanBvLM0Q pic.twitter.com/HUVQFelTEj— AMSMETEORS (@amsmeteors) January 18, 2018
A group from Longway Planetarium and the Farmington Community Stargazer also recovered a meteorite and planned to share more details about its discovery, according to WDIV.