(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced that a settlement has been reached with Machinery Transport, Inc., of Henderson, Texas, for damage sustained to the Interstate 74/Interstate 275 interchange near Cincinnati. Pursuant to the settlement, Machinery Transport paid ODOT $726,757.27 for costs associated with the repair of the interchange.
“This agreement ensures a significant recovery of taxpayer dollars for Ohioans for damage caused to our transportation infrastructure. In these tough budgetary times, protecting Ohio taxpayers is a top priority,” Attorney General DeWine said.
On May 20, 2008, a trailer containing a locomotive engine separated from a tractor trailer operated by Machine Transport on the westbound I-74/I-275/US-52 underpass ramp to southbound I-275. The locomotive destroyed two support columns, causing the eastbound I-74/US-52 bridge overhead to drop and become impassable.
The payment by Machinery Transport recovers expenses ODOT incurred in removing the locomotive, constructing temporary and permanent supports for the bridge, repairing the bridge, and constructing crossovers to restore eastbound I-74/US-52 traffic.
Lisa Hackley: 614-466-3840
Dan Tierney: 614-466-3840