Ramp to I-70 sees multiple accidents a year

A semi carrying coiled steel rolled on its side causing damage to the roadway on the ramp from I-75N to I-70W. (WDTN Photo/Josh Ames)
A semi carrying coiled steel rolled on its side causing damage to the roadway on the ramp from I-75N to I-70W. (WDTN Photo/Josh Ames)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – One lane is open on the ramp from I-75 north to I-70 west. The other will be closed for a couple of weeks.

The closure began after a semi-trailer overturned on the ramp Wednesday afternoon. And it’s not the first time that’s happened.

We’ve found there have been at least 16 reported accidents on that ramp in the last two years.
We asked ODOT what the problem is and if there is anything being done to fix it.

This ramp was opened up in 2005 changing it from a cloverleaf design to a more free flowing one.
But some drivers are flowing right into the sides of the walls and getting into accidents on it every year.

“Most of those have been speed related and people moving from one lane to the next,” said ODOT District 7 Deputy Director, Randy Chevalley.

According to Chevalley, the curve it currently has was built according to Department of Transportation standards and specifically took the comfort of the driver going a particular speed into consideration before constructing it.

That speed here is 40 miles per hour and there are 4 signs before the curve alerting drivers to it.

“We are confident that ramp meets all design standards –it just goes back that people need, whenever they come to an interchange with curves and ramps coming in and out and off and on, you know put the phone down, put the hands on the steering wheel, observe the speed limit and drive at a comfortable speed,” said Chevalley.

ODOT leaders say if the 12 thousand drivers who come over the ramp on a daily basis slow down, accidents like this can be avoided.

In the meantime, they say crews are working diligently to get the current damaged fixed.
We asked who’s responsible for that estimated $60,000 bill.

“ODOT kicks it in gear and gets it done and pays the contractors or the people doing the work then we tally up all of our costs and we submit those costs to the driver, the company of the driver and then they get it to their insurance company and we’ve got a group who is working on making sure those dollars are reimbursed back to the department,” said Chevalley.

We asked ODOT if they are considering adding any additional safety measures to the ramp area.

A spokesperson tells 2 NEWS Investigates after big accidents they always look to see if things like flashing lights or additional signs would better help alert drivers to slow down. They are still evaluating in this case. We’ll let you know if they make any changes.

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