ASHLAND (Tuesday, March 1, 2011 – 3:25 p.m.) – Due to recent heavy rainfall and melting snow, several state highways in north central Ohio have been closed for the safety of motorists. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 3, which serves Ashland, Crawford, Erie, Huron, Lorain, Medina, Richland, and Wayne Counties, provides updates below on current road closures in the region. The roads will reopen when the flood waters recede, and the roads are safe to travel on.
ODOT safety experts urge motorists to be aware when approaching a flooded road, stop and do not cross. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. And NEVER drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded.
With water across the roadway, drivers cannot always determine the depth of the water or the condition of the road under the water. Six inches of moving water can knock a person down and a mere two feet of water can move a large vehicle. Road beds may be washed out under flood waters.
The best advice: Turn Around Don’t Drown.
State Route 13/State Route 96, Richland County
SR-13, between Rome South Road and its overlap with State Route 96, is closed. The detour route for eastbound motorists is SR-96 to Ganges-Five Points Road, north on Ganges-Five Points Road to State Route 603, east on SR-603 to SR-96, and reverse for westbound motorists.
State Route 18, Lorain County – ***UPDATE***
SR-18, between State Route 58 and State Route 301, is now open.
State Route 60, Ashland County
SR-60, between State Route 179 and State Route 95, is closed. The detour route for southbound motorists is SR-60 to State Route 179, south on SR-179 to State Route 95, west on SR-95 to SR-60, and reverse for northbound motorists.
State Route 60, Huron County
SR-60, between State Route 303 and State Route 18, is closed. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes such as State Route 18, State Route 511 and U.S. Route 20.
State Route 83, Wayne/Holmes Counties
SR-83, from Madison Avenue to the Holmes County line, is open. The road is closed from the Holmes County line to Millersburg.
State Route 94, Wayne County
SR-94, between Warwick Road and State Route 585, is closed. The detour route for southbound motorists is SR-94 to SR-585, south on SR-585 to State Route 57, south on SR-57 to U.S. Route 30, east on U.S. 30 to SR-94, and reverse for northbound motorists.
State Route 95, Richland County – ***UPDATE***
SR-95, between Resort Drive and Benedict Road, is closed. The detour route for eastbound motorists is SR-95 to State Route 97, east on SR-97 to State Route 3, north on SR-3 to State Route 39, north on SR-39 to SR-95, and reverse.
U.S. Route 250, Ashland County – ***UPDATE***
U.S. 250, from County Road 175 and the Wayne County line, will reopen by 4:00 p.m. today.
State Route 269, Erie County
SR-269, between Strecker Road and Knauss Road in Groton Township, is closed. The detour route for northbound motorists is SR-269 to U.S. Route 20, east on U.S. 20 to State Route 4, north on SR-4 to State Route 2, west on SR-2 to State Route 101, west on SR-101 to SR-269, and reverse for southbound motorists.
State Route 302, Wayne County
SR-302, between West Old Lincoln Way and Silver Road in Wooster Township, is closed. The detour route for westbound motorists is SR-302 to Old Lincoln Way, West on Old Lincoln Way to U.S. Route 250, West on U.S. 250 to Silver Road, East on Silver Road to SR-302, and reverse.
State Route 303, Lorain County – ***UPDATE***
SR-303, between Indian Hollow Road and Chamberlain Road, is now open.