MassDOT: Damage From Medford Bridge Strike Worse Than Expected

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MEDFORD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — MassDOT officials announced Wednesday that it will take longer for all lanes to reopen on I-93 south in Medford than originally anticipated. Crews are working to stabilize the bridge after the Roosevelt Circle overpass was struck by an over-height truck on Monday.

Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver said Wednesday crews encountered "a number of setbacks" Tuesday night. "This is very, very extensive damage. It’s some of the worst that we’ve seen," he said.

MassDOT now hopes to have it reopened by Thursday morning. However, drivers should plan for their commutes to be impacted.

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Gulliver said all lanes on I-93 south will reopen once crews are done stabilizing the bridge. The Roosevelt Circle will also reopen to two lanes, but some restrictions will be in place. The full repair will several months "to both design and then implement, he said.

Massachusetts State Police announced Tuesday that the driver of the tractor-trailer that hit the bridge has been fined $210 for being over height and violating the permit issued by the Department of Transportation.

Gulliver said MassDOT intends to hold the company that owns the truck, Dove Transportation, LLC, responsible "in every way possible." He said there are "additional penalties that the company is going to incur, including the full replacement of the bridge."

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