UPDATE: I-480/SR 14 westbound reopened at Turnpike bridge

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The westbound lanes of Route 14 and Interstate 480 at the turnpike bridge were reopened at about 3:40 p.m. Aug. 22.

The westbound lanes of Route 14 between Singletary Drive and Frost Road were closed around 12:30 p.m. Aug. 22, due to damage done to the Ohio Turnpike bridge in an accident that occurred that morning.

According to Mayor Glenn Broska, a Republic Waste truck that picks up trash bins and has long arms that reach over the truck to dump the bin’s contents struck the top of the bridge. He said the arms were up at the time the truck went under the bridge, and it struck the bridge, mangling one of its steel girders. 

Streetsboro Police Officer Josh Bartholomew said the driver has been charged with having a shifting load and having his equipment extended too high. A representative from Republic Waste was not immediately available for comment.

Streetsboro Fire Lt. Kevin Grimm said the driver sustained minor injuries.

Broska said the eastbound turnpike exit ramp and the turnpike entrance ramp from I-480 eastbound also were closed.

 Once the parts are in, there may be sporadic closures and frequent lane restrictions for up to two weeks on Route 14/I-40 westbound as the Ohio Turnpike Commission and the Ohio Department of Transportation work to repair the bridge, according to Broska.

“They have said they will work around the clock to get it complete,” said Broska.

Immediately following the accident, Broska said westbound traffic on Route 14 was routed to the turnpike entrance ramp just past Singletary Drive. From there, traffic was routed to the Ohio Turnpike westbound exit heading on to Route 14 and Interstate 480 westbound, which are merged for a few miles from Streetsboro to Bedford.

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