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Saturday, July 24, 2021

’round-the-clock’ work continues to stabilize Medford I-93 overpass

More damage occurred after a large truck slammed into the Roosevelt Circle overpass in Medford on Monday, forcing MassDOT to report travel is restricted on I-93 south.

“The stabilization work of the overpass that began on Monday is still ongoing and we continue to take a deliberate and systematic approach to ensure this,” Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver said.

“The crews who worked overnight identified additional damage that risked further destabilizing the structure and we have revised our approach accordingly,” Gulliver said. “Commuters should expect and plan ahead for continued traffic impacts on I-93 southbound on Thursday.”

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation expects all lanes on I-93 South to reopen Thursday. All I-93 north lanes remain open.

The truck-damaged east-facing bridge will also reopen on Thursday. Roosevelt Circle, or Route 28, will soon be open for two-lane travel until more permanent repairs are made. Gulliver said in a press conference on Tuesday that these repairs could take six to eight months.

The truck that hit the bridge was carrying a water purification tank that was 9 inches higher than the permitted height of 14 feet for the truck. The truck’s owner, Dove Transportation LLC of Alabama, was not permitted for the height of the shipment, did not use the required flag cars for the load, and the truck was not traveling on its approved route at the time of the accident.

“MassDOT intends to hold the trucking company legally and financially for damages and will review the company’s eligibility to obtain permits in Massachusetts in the future,” the organization said in a statement.

MassDOT staff are currently working to demolish damaged sections of the bridge and remove fall hazards, while still allowing two-lane traffic to travel safely under the other side of the bridge.

“Engineers are closely monitoring the demolition work to ensure that there is no further damage to the bridge as damaged parts have been removed,” MassDOT said in a statement. “This is being done by strategically cutting structural elements to relieve stress and isolate them from the rest of the bridge structure.”

MassDOT is encouraging drivers to look for alternative routes to the MBTA Commuter Rail Station in Anderson in Woburn, the Lowell Commuter Rail, or via the Orange or Blue lines.

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