Indianapolis bridge reopens after truck strike

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | 2/25/2013

A bridge over I-65 and I-70 in Indianapolis was back open Sunday night following a weekend closure and 14-mile detour. Officials said a truck hauling a tall piece of equipment on a flatbed struck and damaged a steel beam on the Virginia Avenue bridge on Friday evening, Feb. 22.

The Indiana State Police cited the trucker for not obtaining an oversize load permit.

A proper permit would have routed the truck to avoid the bridge, which was posted at 14 feet prior to the incident, Indiana Department of Transportation Spokesman Nathan Riggs said.

“There really shouldn’t be an issue for any drivers who have properly measured and checked their loads, obtained the proper permits, and are following the proper routes,” Riggs said. “If all of those measures were taken, we wouldn’t be having problems like this.”

Riggs says any truck over 13-feet, 6-inches would be directed away from the bridge.

“Although this bridge has a lower clearance compared to other bridges around Indianapolis, it’s still 13-feet 11 inches, which is five inches higher than the required height for obtaining a permit,” he said.

Message signs guided northbound Interstate 65 and eastbound I-70 traffic to the I-465 loop during the weekend detour.

Traffic lanes were reopened on Sunday evening following repairs to steel plates and splices.

Riggs said an inspector posted the bridge at 13-feet 11-inches following the repairs, one inch lower than the posted height prior to the incident. 

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