MEDFORD (CBS) – Drivers are being informed to keep away from Interstate 93 in Medford if potential as repairs continued Tuesday on an extensively broken bridge. The state’s Freeway Administrator stated site visitors delays and lane closures may final 6-to-8 months till everlasting repairs are completed.
A truck carrying a big metallic construction hit an overpass on 93 South round 3:20 p.m. Monday, damaging the bridge at Roosevelt Circle and inflicting a site visitors mess for the afternoon rush hour. It occurred close to Exit 24 the place Route 28 crosses over the freeway.
The motive force of the truck has been fined $210 for 2 civil offenses: being over top and violating the allow issued by the Division of Transportation.
State Police stated the peak of the truck with its load, a water clarifying tank, measured 14’9” however the truck was solely permitted for a most top of 14’.
The motive force was additionally fined for not having flag automobiles and for being on I-93, which was not on the permitted route.
Crews labored via the night time on repairs, however solely two lanes of site visitors have been getting by on that aspect of the freeway Tuesday. Drivers are additionally restricted from going over the eastbound bridge.
MassDOT stated there will likely be lane closures whereas a broken beam and a bit of the bridge deck are demolished. The big tank hit two structural beams. The primary beam was break up in two and the second was bowed from the influence.
“The purpose is to get it open for tomorrow morning, however I’ve to let you know it’s a sophisticated bridge proper now. It’s wanting an increasing number of like tomorrow morning’s commute can be going to get impacted. As soon as that’s performed, as soon as we have now it stabilized, we are going to open site visitors up beneath the southbound barrel so individuals can journey beneath the bridge once more safely,” State Freeway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver informed reporters Tuesday afternoon.
MassDOT expects that every one journey lanes on I-93 southbound will likely be totally reopened in some unspecified time in the future on Wednesday.
“The Roosevelt Circle on prime of the bridge goes to have a lane restriction in place for some time period. We’re going to be eradicating someplace between three and 5 toes of concrete. There’s going to be lane restrictions in place, that’s doubtless going to be months earlier than we get a design performed the place we will go in and do a full restore and open Roosevelt Circle again as much as it’s full capability.”
When requested for specifics on how lengthy the repairs and delays may final, Gulliver informed reporters, “It’s very onerous to say proper now, however talking from expertise I’d say between 6 and eight months wouldn’t be uncommon on this case.”
MassDOT stated drivers ought to count on delays on Route 1 south, Route 16, Route 28 and thru Roosevelt Circle till everlasting repairs might be made.
The company has put up message boards on I-93 as far-off because the New Hampshire border to alert drivers concerning the work zone.
North shore commuters ought to keep away from 93SB in Medford and look to options like @MBTA_CR
Two journey lanes are closed whereas crews stabilize the @MassDOT construction that was broken yesterday. This may take all day Tuesday and may influence Wednesday’s commute. pic.twitter.com/ey8MCgDxGJ
— Jonathan Gulliver (@JLGulliver) July 20, 2021
Those that do take 93 south via Medford ought to count on delays, go gradual and use warning.
One alternate route is to get off 93 fully for the reason that lane closures are at exit 24 in Medford.
If drivers see site visitors getting heavy, they might get off at exit 25 in Stoneham and get again on at Medford Sq., skipping exit 24.
Gulliver stated they’re working as rapidly as potential to stabilize the bridge. He stated the first purpose is to take away the entire broken concrete and metal, so it gained’t fall on the freeway, then provide you with a long run restore plan.
“I can let you know that it needed to move below a variety of different bridges that have been of the identical top so we’re undecided if that load loosened up in some unspecified time in the future,” he informed WBZ.
Massachusetts State Police stated the truck was a 2013 Peterbilt 367 owned by Dove Transportation of Lincoln, Alabama.
The motive force, a 57-year-old man from Alabama, was not damage. His passenger, a 54-year-old lady from Alabama, was taken to Massachusetts Basic Hospital with “potential minor accidents,” police stated.