***UPDATED at 5:15 P.M. on Tuesday, July 14th***
Augusta, GA – The Warren Road bridge has been closed for at least 4 hours after it was hit and damaged by a tractor-trailer carrying an excavator on I-20.
The excavator didn’t clear the bridge, and because of that impact, debris fell from the bridge.
The debris forced Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) crews to close the bridge on both sides adter some beams on the bridge were damaged.
GDOT is trying to figure out the extent of the damage to the bridge to see what repairs are needed. They plan to use a boom to do that. An engineer will get in a bucket truck to look at outside beam damage of the bridge.
That inspection will keep the bridge closed for a while. “It’s most likely, based on what our bridge personnel says. It’s not going to be open today. It could be an extended amount of time, but that’s just based on what their evaluation tells them, once they get up in the bucket truck and take a closer look,” said Kyle Collins, with the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Collins says the inspection will take about 20 minutes.
There is now word on charges for the tractor-trailer driver, but he will be responsible for the cost of repairs to the bridge.
***UPDATED at 12:17 P.M. on Tuesday, July 14th***
Augusta, GA – Warren Road is currently closed as the Warren Road bridge over I-20 has been severely damaged.
The bridge was damaged after a tractor-trailer carrying a bulldozer hit the bridge late Tuesday morning.
Georgia Department of Transportation inspectors are on their way to check the bridge damage.
We will provide more details as they become available.
***POSTED at 12:17 P.M. on Tuesday, July 14th***
Augusta, GA – The Georgia State Patrol is currently working a crash on I-20 at the Warren Road overpass.
We are told, a tractor-trailer carrying a bulldozer struck the overpass and has caused serious damage.
There is a lot of debris on I-20, but the road is open. There are no injuries.
We have a crew on the way to the scene and we will provide more details as they become available.