Contractor for Ohio overpass collapse has $91M contract

January 20, 2015 Updated: January 20, 2015

CINCINNATI—Ohio transportation authorities say that the overpass demolition work that resulted in a fatal collapse onto Interstate 75 is part of a three-year, nearly $91 million project.

The Ohio Department of Transportation says that Westerville, Ohio-based Kokosing Construction Co. was in charge of the work. The firm also is responsible for cleanup of the hundreds of tons of concrete and steel that are covering southbound lanes in Cincinnati some five miles north of the Ohio River.

A worker was killed Monday night and tractor-trailer driver suffered minor injuries.

A state official says Kokosing has a strong safety reputation. However, it could face fines from the state and federal workplace safety officials.

Transportation officials say southbound lanes of the major north-sound artery could be closed at the accident site for 48 to 72 hours.

From The Associated Press