I-85 Business South reopens to
RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has reopened I-85 Business South in Lexington, a day after a truck pulling a bucket truck on a
low-boy trailer hit the Winston Road (N.C. 8) bridge. Two of
the six beams that support the bridge were damaged in the accident. Photos are
available on the NCDOT Flickr page.
The bridge is three lanes wide – two travel lanes and a
turn lane. NCDOT has closed the lane on the side where the damage occurred and
shifted that traffic onto the turn lane. This pattern allows traffic to
travel on the bridge safely in both directions until repairs are made.
A special bridge inspection group from Raleigh
was called in to conduct an in-depth inspection of the damaged bridge and to determine what
kind of long-term repairs are needed and how long it will take to make them.
Crews were also making temporary repairs to the bridge.
Following the accident, NCDOT closed I-85 Business
South in Lexington and set up a detour, but was able to reopen both lanes of the highway this
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