I-77 NB reopens after concrete falls from bridge - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

I-77 NB reopens after concrete falls from bridge

I-77 northbound closed due to debris in the road. (Source: ODOT) I-77 northbound closed due to debris in the road. (Source: ODOT)
ODOT fixing bridge after piece of concrete falls on I-77. (Source: WOIO) ODOT fixing bridge after piece of concrete falls on I-77. (Source: WOIO)
CANTON, OH (WOIO) - I-77 northbound has reopened at US 30 in the Canton area after debris fell on the road Friday afternoon. 

Part of the highway was shut down for hours during rush hour, diverting traffic. 

The bridge over the highway reopened after three hours. Crews worked on fixing a wooden deck underneath, designed to catch concrete pieces that may fall. 

ODOT said that deck failed Friday. 

"A little chunk. Could've been a big chunk, and jeopardized someone's life," said driver Paul Snyder. 

The piece of concrete dropped right through the wood of the timber subdeck. Luckily, no one was hit by it. 

"I think there needs to be a more routine, regular check on those, in my opinion," Snyder said. 

ODOT says inspections are a priority. 

"When we inspect our bridges, we're always looking for concrete or spalling that could potentially fall. When we see something like that, we take some proactive measures," said Justin Chesnic, ODOT spokesman. 

ODOT says it inspects its bridges every year and just inspected this bridge in September. They say it's actually in fairly good shape, rating a seven out of nine. 

Crews patched up the wood underneath it and ODOT said the bridge is safe. 

Drivers hope repairs like this continue to be a priority. 

"Because of the weather conditions I know it's hard to keep them maintained. But with all the traffic on the road and the trucks, it's just a scary proposition," said Yolande McGee-Savory. 

The bridge is 35 years old -- half its life for a bridge in Ohio. 

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