PLAIN TWP. Construction crews hit a gas line on U.S. Route 62 about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, causing emergency officials to close the stretch of highway between Regent and Maple avenues NE.
“It’s a pretty good size line they hit, so (the road could be closed) at least three hours. Right now they’re diverting traffic,” Plain Township Fire Chief Charles Shalenberger said about 8:45 a.m.
Businesses lining Route 62 in the area of the actual break are being evacuated, “but nobody else,” at this point, he said.
Shalenberger said no injuries were reported, adding that traffic is heavy and it will likely be diverted between Middlebranch Avenue NE and Market Avenue N, possibly as far east as Harmont Avenue NE.
“That will probably be the detour routes to get around it,” he said, adding, “It would be a good idea to avoid the area.”
The Ohio Department of Transportation web page showed that a portion of Middlebranch Avenue NE just north of U.S. 62 is being closed nightly between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the next morning through Friday for waterline repairs. The detour runs from Martindale Road to State Route 43 and U.S. 62.
The intersection of Harrisburg Road and Middlebranch at U.S. 62 also has been the site of “various daily and nightly lane restrictions for drainage repairs and roadway widening,” the website shows.
The $5.5 million project involves re-aligning the area including Route 62/Middlebranch/Harrisburg and 30th Street. The project is expected to be completed by August 2020.
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