Downed wires on U.S. 35 cleared; Highway reopens to traffic

UPDATE @ 10:01 p.m.:  The fiber optic communication lines that fell across U.S. 35 on Tuesday afternoon, in the area of Smithville Road, are believed to have fallen while a Cincinnati Bell crew was working to repair lines that fell in the same area Saturday after a vehicle damaged a Dayton Power & Light pole.

RELATED: Downed wires shuts down U.S. 35 in Dayton

That assessment comes from a managing supervisor sent to U.S. 35 on Tuesday to clear the lines from the highway, Cincinnati Bell spokeswoman Jane Weiler said Tuesday night.

The highway was shut down for more than two hours Saturday because wires came down across the road.

Tuesday night, DP&L spokesman Tom Tatham said there are locations where there will be a cable and fiber optic communication lines on DP&L poles.

"It's quite possible it could be on a DP&L pole," he said. It is Cincinnati Bell's responsibility to repair the line, even though it's on a DP&L pole, because of lease agreements.

Tatham said DP&L is not aware of a vehicle accident involving a pole in that area on Saturday.

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m.:

U.S. 35 is open again in both directions.

The downed wires have been identified as fiber optic lines.

What caused the wires to come down has not been made known.


Both directions of U.S. 35 are shut down near Smithville Road in Dayton because of a report of downed wires. 

Dayton police are diverting eastbound U.S. 35 traffic off the highway at Steve Whalen Boulevard. Westbound U.S. 35 traffic is shut down near the Smithville Road exit.

On Saturday, police and fire crews shut down both directions of U.S. 35 at Smithville Road also for downed wires.

We’ll update this page as we learn more.

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