Power outage, bridge produce 3-mile traffic jam

Power outage and construction produce 3-mile traffic jam

An equipment failure Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 7, interrupted electric power service to homes and businesses in much of Batavia and the surrounding area. The power outage disabled the traffic signal lights on State Route 32 at Bauer Road. Rush hour traffic backed up from Bauer Road to Stonelick Olive Branch Road, a distance of 3 miles. Traffic exiting at the Batavia Village exit ran into the construction work on the Main Street Bridge, backing up to the exit ramp, and then ran into a traffic jam from Fifth Street up Old State Route 32 to Bauer Road.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is making repairs and resurfacing the bridge, restricting traffic to one lane each direction and obstructing left turns onto State Route 222. Work is expected to continue until Nov. 7.

Duke Energy of Ohio released a statement Thursday afternoon explaining the power failure:

“At 2 p.m. on 10/7/20, Duke Energy Ohio customers in the Clermont/Batavia vicinity experienced an electric outage, with 2,195 customers initially out of service. Once DEO crews arrived on the scene of the circuit/line in question, they began patrolling the line to determine where the failure was located. Assessment to locate the source of failure can take some time. During that process, the crews tried various processes to bring some customers back in service, and were able to bring a portion of the customers back in service prior to the full restoration, all but 187 were restored by 6:41 p.m. Eventually, it was determined that there was failed equipment in the substation from which the line is fed, and once that equipment was repaired, the remaining 187 customers were restored by 1:10 a.m. DEO appreciates the patience of its customers during its restoration process. Customers experiencing a power outage can report their outage to Duke Energy in multiple ways – by phone at (800) 543-5599, Duke Energy’s mobile app, online through the company’s website (www.duke-energy.com), or by texting their outage to 57801.”