TIPP CITY, Ohio (WDTN) - Road crews will be cleaning up the scene of Wednesday night's deadly crash on Interstate 75 near Tipp City until the late afternoon Thursday, ODOT tells 2 NEWS.
One lane of southbound traffic was re-opened on Interstate 75 around 11:45 Thursday morning.
ODOT tells 2 NEWS crews are stripping up the old asphalt in two of the southbound lanes and will relay new pavement. Once those lanes are repaved, workers will open them to traffic and close the remaining lane for repaving.
A spokeswoman for ODOT initially told 2 NEWS the work may not be wrapped up until 10 p.m., nearly 24 hours after the crash occurred, but an emergency contractor became available earlier and now all lanes are supposed to be reopened by 5 p.m.
New pavement is necessary because the intensity of the fire Wednesday night damaged the existing pavement.
ODOT spokeswoman Mandi Dillon tells 2 NEWS the repairs are estimated to total $40,000.
Wednesday night's deadly crash on Interstate 75 near Tipp City occurred 2 miles north of a construction zone, ODOT officials tell 2 NEWS.
"During (the time of the crash) drivers were probably in the process of slowing down and merging," Dillon said, "Signage is posted prior to the construction zone warning drivers of this lane closure."
ODOT is taking part in the investigation into the crash that left two semi-truck drivers dead.
2 News' Alexa Ashwell contacted Dillon, the public information officer of District 7, which covers much of the Miami Valley including Miami County, to discuss the construction in the area where the accident occurred.
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