Ohio 60 partially re-opens; engineers to assess other lane next week
From staff reports
Ohio 60, a major traffic artery connecting Marietta to communities north of the city, was shut down for about 15 hours Friday after a massive landslide.
The road was closed about 1 a.m. Friday just north of Devola between Arends Ridge Road and Bear Creek Road. The Ohio Department of Transportation advised motorists traveling between Marietta and any destinations north of Devola to detour by way of Ohio 550 through Barlow and north on Ohio 339. Ashley Rittenhouse, public information officer for ODOT District 10, noted that the department can advise motorists only to take state highways in the event of detours.
The southbound lane of the highway was re-opened to traffic in both directions, using temporary traffic signals, at about 4 p.m. Friday.
Rittenhouse said the landslide was a major event caused by a combination of rain and topography.
“We have been contending with a lot of landslides from the rain and the terrain in this area,” she said. “Some trees and other debris came off the hillside, and we closed both lanes because it was a major safety risk. Crews have been working all day cutting up trees, hauling away dirt and other debris to get the southbound lane open.”
The northbound lane will remain closed until it can be inspected by engineers, she said.
“The engineers are going to be assessing it early next week to determine if something can be done in the short term to allow both lanes to be open,” she said. “The road is still intact, but there were some pretty large trees that starting moving toward it, and that’s a serious safety concern.”