Ottawa Co. ramp closed after pavement slides

OTTAWA CO., Oh (WTVG) - Drivers on State Route 2 have a new obstacle to dodge. But the reason for the ramp closure isn't regular construction. It's to repair a chunk of the exit ramp that's basically sliding down the hillside.

"It looked like it dropped quite a bit," Bill St. Leger, who lives in Catawba said.

"It's unbelievable," Debbie Zollos, who travels that way, said.

It's happening in the westbound lanes of SR 2 at the 269 exit to Lakeside Marblehead.

Right now, it's still unclear how it happened, but, the Ohio Department of Transportation is trying to find out.

The state agency knew there were signs of erosion near the guardrail, but never expected part of the road to give way.

"We have seen slides along the Maumee river, but nothing like this," Patrick McColley, district deputy director of district 2 at ODOT said.

McColley calls the pavement failure sudden and says surveys are already underway to pinpoint exactly how crews are going to fix it.

"We do have an emergency process to get started as soon as possible for situations like this," McColley said. "Our goal is to get out there and fix this as soon as we can."

Area drivers have taken notice of the detour, however didn't realize part of the road had collapsed.

There are some drivers who frequent that exit and are now forced to find another route.

"We live in a suburb of Cleveland, but we come this way," Zollos said. "We have a place at Marblehead, so we get off at 269 north all the time."

Others are in the clear but say if construction goes through the spring and summer months, the closure will cause some problems.

"That exit is heavily used by tourists that come in from Cleveland and Columbus," St. Leger said. "I would imagine it would be a huge inconvenience for them because they'd have to come to the next exit which is really crowded in the summer time."

ODOT crews have set an August 2018 deadline, but also recognize that it's in the middle of that areas busiest seasons. That's why McColley says they intend on getting it finished sooner.

Right now, it's hard to say when that will be because ODOT is still working on a plan of action.