MILAN Authorities were forced to close a 27-mile stretch of the Ohio Turnpike because of a passing storm Friday night. Two minor property damage crashes occurred from vehicles hitting storm debris on the road.
The storm passed through the area about 9:30 p.m., damaging a large, high-voltage metal tower that supported power lines crossing the turnpike. Lt. John Maxey, the Milan post commander of the state Highway Patrol, said the lines supported by the tower dropped to an unsafe height over the turnpike and forced the roadway to be closed.
The eastbound and westbound lanes were closed from gate 118 (U.S. 250 in Erie County) to gate 145 (Ohio 57 in Lorain County).
After the lines dropped, troopers and turnpike maintenance workers responded to the scene and assisted motorists off the closed portion of the road by using exit ramps and access roads. Maxey said Ohio Edison crews worked through the night to repair the damaged structure and are continuing their work.
As of press time, the eastbound exit ramp at Ohio 58 remains closed. Motorists may use exit 135 at Baumhart Road in Lorain County.