YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A portion of Interstate 680 that closed following an accident that damaged the Mahoning Avenue Bridge reopened Thursday night.
ODOT announced that I-680 between State Route 711 and U.S. Route 62 is open to one lane in each direction.
Youngstown Director of Public Works Chuck Shasho said ODOT workers put in a a temporary replacement for the bridge pole that collapsed.
I-680 has been closed in both directions, but the support beam will allow the roadway to reopen one lane in both directions.
“680 will be open tonight. The Mahoning Avenue Bridge itself leading into and out of downtown will remain closed until repairs are made,” Shasho said.
Detour signs will be in place for the bridge.
Coming out of downtown heading to the west, drivers will now take Glenwood to Canfield to Meridian to Mahoning. This is because ODOT is keeping the Marshall Street Southbound ramp closed. Signage will be updated in the area.
Heading eastbound, the detour is I-680 at the Mahoning Avenue ramp and exit at Glenwood Avenue to Mahoning Avenue.
The bridge was damaged when a semi and SUV collided Monday near the bridge.
I-680 from Route 11 to Route 62 has been closed since the crash happened.
The Mahoning Avenue Bridge is expected to be closed for six to eight weeks.
A Youngstown firefighter who responded to the scene on Monday said when he first got to the scene, he knew the most important thing was to make sure everyone was safe and then shut down the interstate to make sure no one else was at risk.
“I mean, I’m no engineer but just looking at the state of that bridge support, and then up top where the metal couplings are on top of those concrete beams, I mean, it looked bad,” said Youngstown Fire Captain Tim Hrina.
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