Alex-Bell Road bridge work to prompt detours

Published: Sunday, September 03, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

            Work on a bridge over Holes Creek in Washington Twp. is prompting detours on Alex-Bell Road through the end of November. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
            Chris Stewart
Work on a bridge over Holes Creek in Washington Twp. is prompting detours on Alex-Bell Road through the end of November. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF(Chris Stewart)

Work on a Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek will prompt lengthy detours of Alex-Bell Road beginning on Tuesday.

The bridge located about 300 feet west of McEwen Road will undergo a total rehabilitation. Construction is expected to wrap up by Nov. 30, barring lengthy weather delays, according to Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner.

About 12,700 vehicles a day cross the 118-foot-long bridge, which has reached the end of its serviceable life, according to the engineer.

Through traffic will be required to take posted detours. The westbound detour for the project is Paragon Road to Miamisburg-Centerville Road to Yankee Street to Mad River Road. The eastbound detour for the project is Mad River Road to Whipp Road to Far Hills Avenue.

The project encompasses a total replacement of the current spans with three-span prestressed concrete spread box beams and a composite concrete deck.

Brumbaugh Construction, Inc. of Arcanum, Ohio was the successful low bidder at $703,442 and will be constructing the project. Funds were secured through an Ohio Department of Transportation State/Federal exchange program and the Ohio Public Works Commission.

Traffic deaths keep rising in US, but distracted driving fatalities fall

Published: Sunday, October 08, 2017 @ 12:21 PM

Channel 2's Consumer Advisor explains the easy way you can help bring that number down.

WASHINGTON — Traffic fatalities in the U.S. jumped for the second-straight year in 2016 despite a dip in crash deaths linked to distracted driving, according to data released by federal highway safety regulators.

Some 37,461 people died in vehicle collisions in 2016, the highest annual tally since 2007, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures. The 5.6 percent rise in traffic deaths last year came after an 8.4 percent spike in 2015, which was the largest annual increase since the mid-1960s.

Fatalities from distracted drivers, such as those texting, fell 2.2 percent last year, NHTSA reported Friday. Deaths linked to other risky behaviors such as speeding, drunken driving and not wearing seat belts contributed to an overall gain in fatalities, the agency said. Drunken driving was blamed for the most deaths.

The agency “continues to promote vehicle technologies that hold the potential to reduce the number of crashes and save thousands of lives every year,” it said in a statement. They “may eventually help reduce or eliminate human error and the mistakes that drivers make behind the wheel.”

» Mom’s viral photo of crash aftermath serves as car seat safety reminder

Another increase in the number of miles driven by American motorists last year helps explain some but not all of the increase in crash deaths. Total vehicle miles traveled increased 2.2 percent last year while the fatality rate grew 2.6 percent to 1.18 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, according to the agency. Miles driven gained 2.3 percent in 2015.

Regulators have sounded the alarm about the rising safety risks on the roads and highways, which comes after a downward trend for the last decade. The gains have also fueled interest on Capitol Hill in self-driving vehicles as a way to curb deadly crashes, with lawmakers advancing legislation to speed autonomous vehicle deployment.

NHTSA also found that pedestrian, motorcyclist and bicyclist deaths also rose in 2016. Non-vehicle occupants accounted for nearly a third of all crash fatalities last year, up from roughly 1 in 4 traffic deaths in 2007.

(With assistance from Lisa Du .)

Heavy traffic expected on I-70 west during bridge replacement 

Published: Thursday, September 07, 2017 @ 10:24 AM

I70w bridge construction

 Indiana will begin work on a bridge replacement for I-70 westbound approximately 3 miles west of the Ohio State line today.

The construction will reduce westbound I-70 to one lane starting today until around September 22. Traffic congestion will back up into Preble County with potentially ten miles of reduced speeds and long delays.  

i70 westbound travelers will experience heavy delays in the next two weeks

A detour has been established that directs traffic north on US-127 to west US-36 and south US 27 back to I-70.   


The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Indiana State Police, Preble County Sheriff’s Department, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and Richmond Police Department all stress the need for patience and safe driving during this project. 

 If you have an alternate route available it may be best to avoid the area. Please allow for extra time if you are traveling on I-70 west from Ohio to Indiana.


All agencies remind drivers to plan ahead, follow the vehicle in front of you at a safe distance and wear your seatbelt.

SB I-75 reopens after semi jackknifes in Dayton

Published: Sunday, June 18, 2017 @ 8:34 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 18, 2017 @ 9:30 PM

Crash closes I-75 SB in Dayton

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m.

Southbound Interstate 75 is back open after it was shut down for nearly an hour after a semi jackknifed near the Ohio 4 exit.

No injuries were reported.

Southbound Interstate 75 was shut down for nearly an hour Sunday evening, June 18, 2017, after a semi jackknifed between the Stanley Avenue and Ohio 4 exits in Dayton.

UPDATE @ 9 p.m.

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said there was heavy rain in the area shortly before a semi jackknifed on southbound Interstate 75 between the Stanley Avenue and Ohio 4 exits.


All lanes of southbound Interstate 75 are shut down after a semi jackknifes in Dayton.

The crash was reported around 8:15 p.m. near the Stanley Avenue exit. The highway will be closed just north of the Stanley Avenue exit to Ohio 4, police said.

Motorists were being diverted to Ohio 4, and there were heavy traffic backups ahead of the crash.

Police said medics were not called to the scene.

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I-75 South back open after 2 crashes involving 8 vehicles in Tipp City

Published: Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 5:44 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 7:10 PM

RAW VIDEO: Multiple vehicles involved in I-75 crash

UPDATE @ 10:30 a.m. (May 22)

According to Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant David Robison it could be another day or two before an accident report from Sunday’s crash is released. So far no citations have been issued. 

UPDATE @ 7:10 p.m.

Southbound Interstate 75 is back open in Tipp City after two crashes involving eight vehicles.

UPDATE @ 6:40 p.m.

The center and right lanes are open following two crashes on southbound I-75 that shut down the highway this evening in Tipp City.

>>PHOTOS: From the scene of I-75 crash

The first crash was reported sometime after 5 p.m. that involved six vehicles, and the second involved two vehicles. The crashes happened at mile marker 69, and closed I-75 between Ohio 55 and County Road 25.

The crash happened during a period of heavy rain, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.

Two CareFlight medical helicopters responded to the scene, but none of the injuries were considered life-threatening, according to troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Piqua Post. Six wreckers were called to the scene.

Also, there was a report of a black Ford Focus with its hazard lights flashing that was in the emergency lane near the 70 mile marker, apparently trying to block cars. Dispatchers said troopers were looking for that car but didn’t find it.

UPDATE @ 5:55 p.m.

Six cars are involved in two separate crashes at the same location near Exit 69 on southbound I-75 in Tipp City, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Piqua Post.

The crashes were reported sometime after 5 p.m.

One crash involved two vehicles and the second had four vehicles involved, but it was not clear which wreck happened first.

The number and extent of injuries was not available, but two CareFlight medical helicopters responded to the scene.

UPDATE @ 5:45 p.m.

Southbound I-75 is shut down between Ohio 55 and County Road 25, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.


A multi-vehicle crash is reported on southbound Interstate 75 with CareFlight headed to the scene in Tipp City.

It is not clear how many vehicles are involved, but a motorists traveling north on I-75 reported at least three, with vehicles in ditches and up against the median.

We have a crew headed to the scene and will update this report.

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