More work and inspections are needed after an oil tanker crash on Route 8 in Macedonia
Road closures will continue in northern Summit County following a fatal tanker crash Saturday in Macedonia.
The Ohio Department of Transportation announced Sunday evening that more work and inspections need to be done before they can fully open State Route 8 and Interstate 271 after they were damaged when a tanker crashed, killing its driver.
The driver’s identity has not been revealed.
The tanker was carrying about 7,500 gallons of petroleum fuel.
ODOT said it will likely take several days before the ramps for Route 8 and I-271 can fully reopen.
“Safety will always be our top priority. We know that keeping these closures in place is a huge inconvenience for thousands of motorists, but we will never trade convenience for safety,” Jerry Noirott, ODOT District 4 deputy district director, said in a statement. “We will work with contractors to make emergency repairs and reopen closed roads and bridges as soon as we deem it safe to do so.”
Initial inspections determined that repairs would be needed on the road at the south end of the Route 8 bridge over the Brandywine River.
Crews will have to remove the top layer of the bridge and resurface it, ODOT said.
ODOT said an initial preliminary inspection of the ramp from southbound I-271 to Route 8 found no issues, but due to the nature of the accident and the ensuing fire, additional, more detailed inspections are needed.
Crews are also using the ramp as part of cleanup efforts to remove contaminated soil.
Additional inspections are also needed on the ramp carrying northbound Route 8 to northbound I-271 so that ramp will remain closed as well.
“We hope to complete all inspections and have a full action plan in place by early this week,” Noero said. “The weather will be one of the challenges.”
Cold temperatures in the 30s and 40s are expected this week.
Route 8, I-271 detours announced after fatal tanker crash
ODOT says motorists should expect delays in the area while the intersection remains closed.
The suggested diversion for southbound drivers on SR 8 is State Route 82 to Interstate 480 to State Route 91 to State Route 303 to return to Route 8.
Motorists trying to access northbound I-271 from northbound Route 8 should take the route. 82.
“Motorists should plan ahead and give themselves plenty of extra time during their commute next week,” Noirot added. “Please keep checking OHGO daily to find the easiest way to get around these closures.”
This article originally appeared in the Akron Beacon: The Route 8 accident requires inspections before the roads can be reopened