Interstate 90 will be closed this afternoon for power line repairs after a morning closure that tied up traffic for miles.
State troopers were called over reports of downed power lines across the interstate in both directions shortly before 8 a.m. today. According to a news release from Elyria police, the power line was taken down by a construction vehicle working on the interchange at Interstate 90 and State Route 57. The interstate was closed in both directions from Middle Ridge Road to Route 611 while the lines were removed from the roadway.
“Obviously, the first priority was to get the wires off the road,” said Mark Durbin, a spokesman for FirstEnergy.
The road reopened around 9 a.m., but the ramp from Route 57 to 90 eastbound remains closed.
Initially, Durbin said, more than 500 customers were affected by the power outage. As of 11:15 a.m., that number had dropped to about 115, with power scheduled to be restored early this afternoon.
Interstate 90 will close again around noon between state routes 57 and 254 for one to two hours so the power lines can be repaired. Also, the off-ramp from the Turnpike to Interstate 90 eastbound will be closed at that time. Drivers are asked to avoid the area.
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