All lanes of northbound I-75 through Cincinnati will be closed several nights this week, as work continues on the Mill Creek Expressway project. The Interstate will be closed between Mitchell Avenue and the Norwood Lateral, overnights, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday nights, from 11 to 5 am, weather permitting, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. ODOT also says on Thursday night there will be a single lane closed at the Norwood Lateral, starting at 8, with a second lane closed at 11. Both lanes should be reopened by 6, Friday morning. The ongoing work is part of the widening of I-75. This particular closure will be for work on a bridge. ODOT suggests motorists take westbound I-74 to eastbound I-275, back to northbound I-75 as a detour.
Update 1/20/15 2:51 p.m.: ODOT says the field investigation has concluded, and the clean up operations have started. In a press release, ODOT says debris removal is expected to take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours. After that, inspectors will look at the southbound lanes of I-75 to see if any repairs are needed.
Update 01/20/15, 12:45 p.m.: The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the City of Cincinnati have released new information about Monday night's overpass collapse on southbound I-75.
Each night this week, the Ohio Department of Transportation will be closing some lanes of I-75, as crews work on widening the Interstate.
Starting at 11 p.m., northbound lanes will be completely closed between Mitchell Avenue and the Norwood Lateral. The roadway should be reopened by 5 each morning.
Southbound traffic will have lane restrictions from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Those will begin at the Norwood Lateral, with one lane closed at 8 p.m., and a second closed at 11 p.m. Those restrictions will be Monday night through Wednesday night.
The Ohio Department of Transportation says the field review of the Interstate 75 off-ramp collapse took less time than expected, meaning the clean-up and repairs were finished sooner than anticipated. ODOT spokesman Brian Cunningham says the only damage to the four southbound lanes of I-75 was a two-foot by two-foot hole.
“Speculation was there were going to be multiple areas that would need to be fixed. And that just wasn’t the case,” Cunningham says. “And so when the assessment was done, it was evident that there was just one particular area that had damage to it.”