The off-ramp overpass that fell onto the southbound lanes of I-75 Monday night did not cause a lot of damage to the highway.
That doesn't surprise Andrew Hermann, past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, who has been following the story. But he says the fact that the span did fall was surprising.
“Generally, they have demolition plans where they try to take into account all the possibilities as they’re taking down a bridge, to do it safely," Hermann said. "So it was very surprising to hear that it collapsed."
A national group that pushes for more traffic safety laws says Ohio is among 31 states getting a “caution” or “yellow” rating in its latest annual report.
But Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety says Ohio has only passed seven of 15 laws it considers necessary. President Jackie Gillan said Ohio needs a primary seat belt law and a law requiring helmets for all motorcycle riders, among others.