ODOT will not make interstate changes after flooding

I-70 flooding in Huber Heights.
I-70 flooding in Huber Heights. (ReportIt photo)

The Ohio Department of Transportation said they have no plans to make any changes to the highway system after a heavy rain on May 21st had drivers trapped on flooded roadways in Huber Heights and Troy.

ODOT said “According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s point precipitation frequency estimates this equates to what is commonly referred to as at least a 1,000 year flood.”

They said interstates are designed for a 50 year flood.

An inspection of the areas that flooded on 1-70 and 1-75 determined they “held up well and are in good shape.”

The inspection did find erosion on two 16 foot pipes built in 1957at a location just south of the 25A exit between Piqua and Troy. That locations did not have water over the road. The cost for that repair was $13,500.

ODOT said the highways faired extremely well compared to surrounding communities. They said excluding the erosion cost, they spent less than $7,000 for related roadway patrol and inspections.

ODOT said the probability of a flood like this happening in a year’s time is 0.1 percent chance.

 

 

 

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