HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan Department of Transportation engineers are working to figure out how extensive the damage is to a US-31 overpass that was hit by the boom of a container truck.
The southbound lanes of South Washington Avenue at US-31, where the truck hit the overpass, were closed to traffic for more than 9 hours Monday. Southbound Washington was expected to be back open for the Tuesday morning commute. One lane of southbound US-31 reopened late Monday evening and highway traffic was expected to remain restricted for the morning commute.
The wreck happened around 2:30 p.m. Monday. Around 9:45 p.m., crews were using a torch to cut the boom out of the overpass. Around 10 p.m., crews pulled the truck away.
The driver of the truck, which carries large Dumpster-type containers and tilts the boom up to unload the containers, told police he’s not sure whether he locked down the boom after his most recent delivery.
A look under the bridge shows what the engineers have to deal with — the boom tore right through two I-beams of the bridge.
“We’re waiting for MDOT and the bridge inspectors, architects to get here to basically assess the damage then determine what the repairs will be… whether or not US-31 will have to be closed down completely or whether or not we can open a portion of it,” said Holland Department of Public Safety Capt. Jack Dykstra.
The driver, who was not hurt, was ticketed.