I-71 closed again Sunday for stubborn Warren County bridge demolition

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 10:49 AM


            The third time was not quite the charm that ODOT officials were expecting as contractors tried again to take down the remaining steel structure of the Jeremiah-Morrow Bridge last weekend. For the third day, I-71 was shut down on a Sunday morning to allow explosive demolition work to be performed next to new concrete bridges that carry traffic over the Little Miami River Valley in Warren County. One stubborn steel expanse on the north side of the old bridge failed to collapse in the last round of explosive charges, leaving large pieces of the structure intact and still attached to the concrete piers. Chunks of steel structure from the south side of the bridge are being trucked away daily. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
The third time was not quite the charm that ODOT officials were expecting as contractors tried again to take down the remaining steel structure of the Jeremiah-Morrow Bridge last weekend. For the third day, I-71 was shut down on a Sunday morning to allow explosive demolition work to be performed next to new concrete bridges that carry traffic over the Little Miami River Valley in Warren County. One stubborn steel expanse on the north side of the old bridge failed to collapse in the last round of explosive charges, leaving large pieces of the structure intact and still attached to the concrete piers. Chunks of steel structure from the south side of the bridge are being trucked away daily. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Road closures are planned again on Sunday on and around the section of Interstate 71 across the Little Miami River on the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge.

It would be the fourth time motorists and others are inconvenienced to complete demolition of the old Jeremiah Morrow Bridge in Warren County.

RELATED: Third implosion effort incomplete

“Obviously nobody planned on this all happening,” Matt Bruning, spokesman for ODOT said earlier this week.

Southbound I-71 will be closed to traffic between the Ohio 73 and Ohio 48 exits from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. Sunday, May 21. The detour uses Ohio 73, U.S. 42 and Ohio 48.

RELATED: Third implosion in four weeks

On northbound I-71, there will be intermittent short-term full closures between Ohio 73 and Ohio 48, using the same detour in reverse, from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Also during this time, traffic on the Little Miami Scenic River and Trail will not be permitted between Wilmington Road and Ohio 350. North- and south-bound rest areas will be closed during this time.

RELATED: Bridge implosion misfires

Law enforcement and construction personnel will be on site at various access points to the interstate, river and scenic trail to enforce these restrictions.

Also a temporary flight restriction will be in place in a half-mile horizontal radius and 3,000 feet from the bridge and between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and unmanned aircraft systems will not be permit in the restricted area. Unmanned are prohibited in the restricted area.

RELATED: Drone’s eye view of the remaining section

WATCH: Section of Jeremiah Morrow Bridge is imploded

ODOT met this week with the contractor about what to do with the piece that so far has not been demolished — despite four tries in three of the last four weeks.

» EARLIER: I-71 bridge, Ohio’s tallest, nears completion after 6 years, $104M

The fourth explosive charges, set last Sunday, came on the third day designated for implosion of the old southbound span of the bridge over Interstate 71 and the little Miami River. This attempt brought down the southern part of the southernmost piece of the southbound span.

But the north side of the remaining steel landed on the cement pier for the old bridge.

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.

FIRST REPORT

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.

FIRST REPORT

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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Taxpayers not on hook for failed implosions of old I-71 bridge

Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 8:43 AM

The third time was not quite the charm ODOT officials were expecting as contractors tried again to take down the remaining steel structure of the Jeremiah-Morrow Bridge this past weekend. Done view of the demo work.

Despite four tries, work to implode the old Jeremiah Morrow Bridge over Interstate 71 in Warren County won’t cost taxpayers more money.

State officials and contractors, however, are still trying to figure out how to get the last section of the stubborn structure down.

Pennsylvania-based subcontractor Demtech is expected to complete the demolition and removal of demolished materials without additional funding.

“If it takes them a hundred tries or one try, the contract was to bring down the bridge,” Matt Bruning, press secretary for ODOT, said Monday. “There won’t be any additional costs to the taxpayers.”

WATCH: Section of Jeremiah Morrow Bridge is imploded

The Ohio Department of Transportation will meet this week with the contractor about what to do with the piece that so far has not been demolished — despite four tries in three of the last four weeks.

This is the southernmost section of the southbound span of the old Jeremiah Morrow Bridge before the implosions.(Staff Writer)

The fourth explosive charges, set on Sunday, was the third day designated for implosion of the old southbound span of the bridge over Interstate 71 and the little Miami River. Sunday’s attempt brought down the southern part of the southernmost piece of the southbound span.

RELATED: Third implosion in four weeks

But the north side of the remaining steel landed on the cement pier for the old bridge, according to Bruning.

“It was supposed to come down like a W. It came down more like a V. The southern part is still sitting on the pier,” Bruning said.

It remained unclear what ODOT and Demtech, the subcontractor hired by Kokosing Construction to do the job for $3 million, will do next.

“It’s too early to tell,” Bruning said. “The plan going forward they will develop over the next week.”

RELATED: Bridge implosion misfires

Demtech has not responded to requests for interviews about the project, begun on April 23 with much hoopla, including media access.

The past two implosion attempts have been off limits to the public and media.

The area around the bridge, including I-71, flight path above, river and bike path below were all blocked off May 7 from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

On Sunday the northbound lane was only partially closed, but otherwise transportation was again blocked off and rerouted during the implosion.

» EARLIER: I-71 bridge, Ohio’s tallest, nears completion after 6 years, $104M

As part of closing out the contract, ODOT could pursue fines, known as liquidated damages, but that determination has yet to be made, Bruning said.

“Obviously nobody planned on this all happening. Our focus has been on bringing the bridge down,” he said.

Car carrying pregnant woman involved in accident with tanker truck

Published: Monday, May 08, 2017 @ 12:10 PM



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Update@1 p.m.:

There were no injuries reported in the accident.

The accident occurred when a trailer with a tractor separated from an eastbound truck that was hauling it and crossed over to the westbound lanes of state Route 29, officials said. A semi truck traveling west struck the trailer and knocked it into a car that was also traveling west.

There was a pregnant woman in the car, but she was not injured, officials said.

Route 29 remains closed in both directions as officials work to clear the scene. It’s unclear how long the highway will remain closed, officials said.

First report:

We have reports of an accident involving a car and a tanker in Champaign County.

There was a pregnant woman in the car, and the tanker is leaking fuel, according to scanner traffic. It’s unclear at this time how serious the accident is.

We have a photographer en route to the crash, and we will bring you the latest information as it becomes available.