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TAKE A LOOK: Is this local bridge safe? State engineers say yes

Published: Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 3:42 PM

Hole in highway ramp bridge from Smithville to westbound U.S.35 remains

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

The damaged “flyover” entrance ramp from northbound Smithville Road to westbound U.S. 35 will be eliminated when the interchange is reconstructed in 2019. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF(Staff Writer)

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.”

RELATED: Part of Stroop Road in Kettering to close for months

Ohio Department of Transportation engineers say the flyover ramp from Smithville Road to U.S. 35 is structurally safe despite damage from an accident. The bridge will not be repaired because it was scheduled to be eliminated in 2019, the state said. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

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.

RELATED: Alex-Bell bridge project to last through November

Instead, northbound traffic on Smithville to westbound U.S. 35 will stay straight on Smithville, going over U.S. 35, then turn left onto a new entrance ramp to westbound 35. That ramp will join the current ramp from southbound Smithville to westbound 35.

California artist creates "positive" street signs

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 3:05 AM

Scott Froschauer's positive street signs have been placed in parks around Glendale, California.
Scott Froschauer's positive street signs have been placed in parks around Glendale, California.

A California street artist has produced a new kind of peace sign. When you’re driving around town, simply relax when you see them.

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Instead of familiar street signs that order drivers to “stop,” “yield,” or “do not enter,” Scott Froschauer’s signs urge drivers to “relax,” “do your best,” or “breathe.”

The Glendale Library launched Froschauer’s “Word on the Street” art works last week, placing 20 of his signs at parks throughout the city, KABC reported. Froschauer’s website has a map that shows where the signs are located.

“There’s nothing more mundane than, like, a stop sign, because you just see it every day and you start to blur them out,” Froschauer told KABC. 

His street signs convey positive messages, he said. Instead of “Stop,” his octagonal sign reads “Start.”

The signs will be on display for one year, KABC reported.

SR-741 to be closed for at least 6 hours following crash

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 3:43 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 4:45 PM

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m.

Those headed to the 5:30 p.m. Springboro High School boys basketball scrimmage, coming from south of Ohio 741 and Red Lion-Five Points Road, should use Interstate 75 to get to the game.

On northbound I-75, get off at the East Fourth Street exit and go right on West Lower Springboro Road. Turn right on South Main Street (Ohio 741). Springboro High School will be on the right at 1675 S. Main St.

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For the latest traffic information, tune in to AM 1290 or News 95.7, or visit the WHIO traffic page.

UPDATE @ 4:17 p.m.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said state Route 741 will be shut down for 6 to 7 hours near Red Lion-Five Points Road. Duke Energy is on scene repairing a pole and said the damages will take an extended time to fix. The driver was an man and not a student, according to authorities. 

The Springboro boys basketball team has a scrimmage scheduled tonight and drivers will need to find an alternate route to Springboro High School. 

FIRST REPORT

State Route 741 is currently closed due to a one car accident near Red Lion-Five Points Road just south of Springboro High School.

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The crash reportedly happened around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon when a driver hit an electric pole. The driver was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries according to the Clearcreek Township Fire Department. 

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The pole was reportedly ripped in half and Duke Energy is on scene working to repair the damages. We will bring you the latest developments in this story. 

Butler County Donut Trail makes international ‘best of’ list

Published: Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 11:59 AM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 5:05 PM

Butler County Donut Trail

The Butler County Donut Trail is going worldwide.

CNN recently spotlighted the trail as one of 12 of the world’s most enticing food and drink trails, along with trails featuring dumplings, beer cheese, apple pie, malt whisky, hot tamales, German wine, French cheese, Swiss fondue and other regional delights.

MORE: 5 reasons to visit — or re-visit — the Butler County Donut Trail

The doughnut trail’s 10 featured locations represent a combined 306 years of doughnut-making experience and previously have been featured in publications nationwide, including NBC News, Country Living and USA Today, according to the Butler County Visitors Bureau.

Completing all 10 stops on the official doughnut trail passport earns participants a free Butler County Donut Trail T-shirt.

More than 8,400 visitors from 43 states and nine countries have completed all stops on the Donut Trail since it was founded in early 2016, according to the latest statistics provided by the visitors bureau. Those numbers do not include partial completions, bureau officials said.

MORE: Butler County Donut Trail adds new shop

“We’re very excited to have the Donut Trail included such a major international travel story through CNN,” said Mark Hecquet, executive director of the Butler County Visitors Bureau. “It puts an incredible spotlight on Butler County as a travel destination at both a national and international level.

“Ultimately, this feature will drive increased national and international visitation to our community as people come to explore the Donut Trail, as well as everything else Butler County has to offer.”

The Butler County Donut Trail includes:
  • Central Pastry Shop, 1518 Central Ave., Middletown
  • Jupiter Coffee & Donuts, 5353 Dixie Highway, Fairfield
  • Kelly’s Bakery, 1335 Main St., Hamilton
  • Martin’s Donuts, 4 W. State St., Trenton
  • Milton’s Donuts, 3533 Roosevelt Blvd., Middletown
  • Mimi’s Donuts & Bakery, 2267 Millvile Ave., Hamilton
  • Oxford Doughnut Shoppe, 120 S. Locust St., Oxford
  • Ross Bakery, 1051 Eaton Ave., Hamilton or 4421 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton
  • Stan the Donut Man, 7967 Cincinnati Dayton Road, West Chester Twp.
  • The Donut Spot, 5148 Pleasant Ave., Fairfield

K99.1 FM fundraiser draws generous donation from Garth Brooks and others

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 11:26 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 1:07 PM

Credit: Getty Images
Credit: Getty Images

Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood made a contribution of close to $50K during K99.1 FM’s yearly Dayton Children’s radio-thon Thursday morning.

This is the second straight year that Brooks has called into K99 to make a personal donation to Dayton Children’s. During a dollar for dollar match hour by McAfee Air, Brooks said he would match all donations and also added that his wife Trisha Yearwood would match all donations as well. This generous act allowed all contributions during that time to be quadrupled from $1 to $4.

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Last year when Garth was in Cincinnati, he met privately with Nancy, Frye and Nick Roberts of K99 and discussed again his passion for Dayton and Children’s Hospital. 

“He’s been very good to our station and to the hospital. It’s kind of mind blowing to think that one of the biggest entertainers in music history has that kind of connection to Dayton.” Said Nick Roberts, VP Marketing for Cox Media Group. 

Many other generous donations have been given via the Radiothon including a signed guitar from Ketih Urban. Urban called into K99 to express his support for the fundraiser and while talking with Nancy and Frye informed that he would be sending in the guitar. 

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This is the 20th year of the Children’s Hospital of Dayton radio-thon and K99 has raised almost $4 million dollars in that time.