I-65 reopens in Morgan County following bridge repair

I-65 reopens in Morgan County following bridge repair

MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Interstate 65 has reopened at the bridge north of the Lacon exit.

The bridge had been closed since Wednesday evening when a tractor-trailer wreck damaged the bridge near mile marker 319.

It reopened at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

ALDOT states most of the damage appears to have been caused by a nearly 60-ton landfill compactor that was being hauled on a flatbed trailer. The compactor’s toothed drum wheels gouged the bridge deck. The inside guardrail and bridge rail at the bridge abutment were also damaged. Also, the asphalt roadway was gouged and further damaged by spilled diesel fuel.

There were no injuries in the wreck.

The bridge remained structurally sound after the wreck. However, the gouges in the deck and roadway required repair before reopening to traffic.

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