||Immediate||March 29, 2017|
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GARYS CHURCH ROAD OVERPASS STRUCK ON I-95 NORTH IN PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY
Inspections ongoing for repairs; the overpass to remain closed until further notice
Bridge inspectors complete an evaluation of the structure following the crash
PRINCE GEORGE—Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have reopened all travel lanes on northbound Interstate 95 following a crash at mile marker 44, one mile south of Crater Road/Route 301 (mile marker 45) in Prince George County. A tractor trailer, traveling with its dump bed in a raised position, struck the Garys Church Road (Route 608) overpass at approximately 10:30 a.m.
VDOT crews conducted an immediate structural inspection and found damage to the exterior beam, which requires the overpass to remain closed until repairs can be made.
“Following the removal of the truck, crews checked for loose debris so I-95 could remain open to traffic,” said Steven McNeely, district maintenance engineer. “We’ll complete additional inspections as soon as possible to determine the extent of repairs and establish a schedule.”
The bridge carries approximately 800 vehicles per day.
Garys Church Road is closed over I-95 until further notice. Drivers are encouraged to use the posted detour:
- Take Crater Road (Route 301) to the frontage road, F124, back to Garys Church Road (Route 608).
For more information on VDOT’s structure inspection program and to see a video of a bridge inspection, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/info/bridge.asp.
The truck’s bed struck the overpass while in a raised position.