Collapse of Pennsylvania overpass closes all lanes of I-70

| Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Department of Transportation officials in Pennsylvania are investigating the collapse of part of an overpass over Interstate 70 south of Pittsburgh that closed all lanes of Interstate 70

Detours are in place between Exit 21 and Exit 24, according to the PennDOT Web site, www.dot.state.pa.us, which will provide official announcements as they occur.

As of late Wednesday, Dec. 28, PennDOT officials said they were going to try to open the westbound lanes of I-70 by day’s end and hopefully open the eastbound lanes Thursday.

A PennDOT official told “Land Line Now” that most of the 120 tons of concrete that fell from the outer-edge supports about 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 27, did not land on the roadway. But the collapse was enough to close I-70 in both directions until further notice.

The Lakeview Drive overpass from which the 80-foot section fell is about 15 miles south of Pittsburgh near the I-70 junction with Interstate 79 in Washington County.

The official said a woman driving in the eastbound lanes collided with some debris and suffered a broken leg, but her two children were not injured.

PennDOT has not yet determined a cause.

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