After a large truck collided on the Roosevelt Circle overpass on Monday afternoon, Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials are warning commuters that traffic on Route 28 in Medford could be delayed for months.
“It’s a complicated bridge right now,” MassDOT Highway administrator Jonathan Gulliver told a news conference on Tuesday. “It looks like tomorrow morning’s traffic is going to be affected as well.”
He later tweeted that all lanes of Interstate 93 South were likely to reopen sometime on Wednesday, and told reporters on Tuesday that, in peak travel time since the accident, vehicles had to travel 8 miles on I-93 South. was supported at a distance.
The accident occurred around 3:20 p.m. Monday, when an Alabama-based male trucker, 57, traveling with a female passenger, 54, crashed his 2013 Peterbilt 367 truck into the first two structural beams under the bridge, Divided one and bowed. other. According to state police spokesman David Procopio, the truck was carrying a water purification tank, which is often used in wastewater treatment. The woman was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with possible minor injuries.
The state’s Commercial Vehicles Enforcement Section has cited the driver for two civil offenses: exceeding the height and violating the DOT permit, which determines the driver’s route to Everett, as well as requiring flag cars. . Each offense carries a fine of $105, a total of $210 fines. The truck was allowed a 14-foot-long load, but the truck was carrying a 14-foot, 9-inch load.
Gulliver estimated the bridge could take six to eight months to repair, but did not give journalists an estimate of the cost of repairing the damage. He said the immediate plan is to demolish the damaged portion of the bridge, remove the steel beams and unstable concrete portions, and stabilize the bridge.
Once it stabilizes, traffic under the bridge will be fully reopened. However, the Roosevelt Circle area at the top of the bridge is likely to have two tight lanes, possibly for the next six to eight months.
In the interim, MassDOT encourages drivers to take public transportation options such as commuter rail’s Lowell and Haverhill lines, the Blue Line in Wonderland or the Orange Line in Oak Grove.
This is not the only bridge project in the pipeline causing delays in Massachusetts. Mass Pike commuters have already experienced summer delays as the “Acceler-8” project gets underway. The project, which began last month, aims to “replace or substantially repair” the bridges between Boston and Worcester on Interstate 90. One bridge each weekend is expected to be completed for eight consecutive weekends, causing “significant delays and congestion” along the way. According to Mass.dot.