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Bridge above Ohio 61 'does not pose any immediate danger to the public'

Scott Seitz2 • Feb 16, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Ohio 61 south between South Norwalk and Johnson roads reopened early Friday after being closed for several hours due to concrete chunks falling from the U.S. 20 overpass on to the roadway.

"A motorist reported concrete on the road and called the Highway Patrol," said Christine Myers, spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Transportation, District 3.

Myers said the call came in about 7:30 or 8 p.m. Thursday.

The road was open by 1:10 a.m. Friday.

"We sent crews out last night (Thursday into Friday) and all areas of loose concrete were addressed," Myers said.

"The bridge does not pose any immediate danger to the public," she added.

Myers said that bridge and a second one in that area will be addressed in mid-April as part of this year's resurfacing program.

Myers said loose pieces of concrete were "scaling" off the bridge due to deterioration from the weather.

"There was no vehicle damage or injuries," she said.

"The scaling does not affect the integrity of the bridge," Myers said. "It's more of a cosmetic thing."

Myers said ODOT bridge inspectors were on-scene again Friday just to double-check everything was OK with the bridge.

"They are reinspecting it one more time," she said.

ODOT is scheduled to resurface a number of the state routes in the Norwalk area this summer.

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