UPDATE: Temporary traffic signals to remain on State Route 60 due to landslide

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LOWELL, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE 6/10/19

Temporary traffic signals could remain near the site of Friday's landslide on State Route 60 just south of Lowell for some time, according to Ohio Department of Transportation officials.

The slip caused a nearly 15-hour closure of three miles of State Route 60 Friday. The southbound lane was reopened for both directions of traffic late Friday.

Engineers visited the site Monday morning to see if the northbound lane could be reopened but believe it's too dangerous at this time.

"Unfortunately, we are going to have to keep that northbound lane closed at this time," ODOT district 10 spokesperson Ashley Rittenhouse said, "and keep the temporary traffic signals up. It's just unfortunately not safe to reopen that northbound lane right now as there is trees and dirt that is still moving and has the potential to land on the roadway."

Rittenhouse they are looking for a contractor to make repairs as soon as possible but do not have a timetable on its reopening.


UPDATE: 5:21PM 6/17/2019

A major road in Washington County remained partially closed Friday afternoon following a large landslip that occurred overnight.

Crews were able to re-open one lane of traffic on Ohio State Route 60 in Devola Friday afternoon. The highway had been completely shut down between Bear Creek and Arends Ridge road while crews began cleaning up the mess.

The slide occurred because of the steep terrain and moist ground from recent rains, an Ohio Department of Transportation spokesman said.

It's unknown when the road will be completely re-opened. The ODOT spokesman said a contractor will be hired to make the necessary repairs.



According to a Washington county dispatcher, a landslide has closed a three mile stretch of Ohio State Route 60 in Washington County.

The highway is closed between Bear Creek Road and Arends Ridge Road with no estimated time for the highway to be re-opened.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is in the process of cleaning the area.

The detour is State Route 60 to State Route 339 to State Route 550 to State Route 7 to State Route 60.

Keep checking wtap.com for more details as they become available.