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Damaged bridge won’t close 89-A

Highway engineers have determined two beams damaged when a truck hit the Route 89-A interchange will have to be replaced, but no long-term closures are expected on Interstate 81.
Jason Bond, a spokesman for Virginia Department of Transportation, said an inspection determined two pre-stressed concrete beams were damaged beyond repair. The beams help the bridge carry the load of traffic, but he said it would have been closed had they been damaged enough to leave it unsafe for use.
An over-height truck damaged the bridge last Thursday.
According to Bond, the beams in question are "not something you keep on the shelf." He said they have to be custom fabricated. VDOT is in the process of choosing a fabricator and getting an estimate of the cost to have them made.
Bond said it is the "top priority" of everyone to get the bridge repaired and get the exit ramps reopened.
The right lanes of I-81 and Route 100 were closed immediately following the incident, but both have since been reopened. Nonetheless, two ramps will remain closed until all repairs are complete: the ramp from northbound Route 100 onto Southbound I-81, and the ramp from southbound I-81 onto southbound Route 100.
While repairs are ongoing, he says no long-term closures of the interstate are anticipated "at this point."
State Police said the bridge was damaged when the boom of a backhoe being hauled on a flatbed truck traveling south on Route 100 was not sufficiently lowered for the bridge clearance and it struck the overpass.

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Damaged bridge won’t close 89-A

Highway engineers have determined two beams damaged when a truck hit the Route 89-A interchange will have to be replaced, but no long-term closures are expected on Interstate 81.
Jason Bond, a spokesman for Virginia Department of Transportation, said an inspection determined two pre-stressed concrete beams were damaged beyond repair. The beams help the bridge carry the load of traffic, but he said it would have been closed had they been damaged enough to leave it unsafe for use.
An over-height truck damaged the bridge last Thursday.
According to Bond, the beams in question are "not something you keep on the shelf." He said they have to be custom fabricated. VDOT is in the process of choosing a fabricator and getting an estimate of the cost to have them made.
Bond said it is the "top priority" of everyone to get the bridge repaired and get the exit ramps reopened.
The right lanes of I-81 and Route 100 were closed immediately following the incident, but both have since been reopened. Nonetheless, two ramps will remain closed until all repairs are complete: the ramp from northbound Route 100 onto Southbound I-81, and the ramp from southbound I-81 onto southbound Route 100.
While repairs are ongoing, he says no long-term closures of the interstate are anticipated "at this point."
State Police said the bridge was damaged when the boom of a backhoe being hauled on a flatbed truck traveling south on Route 100 was not sufficiently lowered for the bridge clearance and it struck the overpass.

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