ODOT to begin installation of temporary safety fencing on Toledo overpass

TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - Objects crashing into their cars is an issue some drivers in Toledo thought they'd never have to worry about.

"You always hear of trucks kicking something up or something like that, but you never really think of something flying off a bridge," said Toledoan Trevor Petersen.

But back in December that's exactly what happened when police say four teens threw a sandbag from the Indiana Avenue overpass construction site onto I-75.

That sandbag smashed through the windshield of a passing car and severely injured 22-year-old Marquis Byrd. The Michigan man eventually died from his injuries.

"It's mind-blowing to me for someone to throw things and then cause accidents," said Toledoan Alexis Ash.

In the wake of that tragedy, the Ohio Department of Transportation is set to install temporary fencing Monday for the rest of construction there.

The work is set to last from 9:00am until 3:00pm daily through Thursday.

"We all want to go home safe and see our families," said Toledoan Jackie Dill. "So, yes, that's exactly what we need."

During installation, the overpass will be closed to traffic and pedestrians.

The ramp from I-75 south to downtown will also be shut down while the fence is put in.

While the work is an inconvenience for some, drivers say it's worth a shot to keep commuters safe.

"It sucks that that has to come to that, but if people are going to start throwing stuff over bridges I guess they should put something in place so they can't," said Petersen.

ODOT says the fencing that's set to be installed on the overpass will be used in future construction projects as well.

The fencing will also eventually be required for use on bridge projects statewide.