East-west traffic in Worthington will continue to be snarled while traffic engineers determine the best way to repair damage to the Wilson Bridge overpass at state Route 315.

East-west traffic in Worthington will continue to be snarled while traffic engineers determine the best way to repair damage to the Wilson Bridge overpass at state Route 315.

Traffic has been restricted to westbound only on the overpass since last Friday, after Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) engineers determined that the north side of the bridge was not safe.

Westbound traffic uses the eastbound lane and eastbound traffic is directed to use Olentangy River Road south to West Dublin-Granville Road, east to High Street, and north to Wilson Bridge Road.

The overpass was damaged when a flatbed truck carrying heavy equipment hit a beam on 315 late Thursday. The truck driver reported the incident to ODOT, which began to monitor the condition of the overpass.

Additional tests on Friday morning led ODOT engineers to determine the safest course of action was to close the lane on the north side of the overpass, where the damage had occurred.

For a few hours on Friday, one southbound lane on state Route 315 was closed so that ODOT crews could inspect the damage.

ODOT spokesperson Nancy Burton said on Tuesday that she did not know how long the restriction on Wilson Bridge Road would be in place.

Engineers are trying to determine if they can fix the damage quickly or if steel needs to be ordered, which would take more time.

"We're trying to determine what to do in the short term and the long term," Burton said.

Traffic congestion is even more severe than usual because of construction taking place on Hard Road between Linworth Road and 315.

ODOT officials are trying to figure out more alternative routes, she said.

"Yes, we know it's not ideal," Burton said. "We responded pretty quickly. People would like us less if we did nothing."