MassDOT Investigates, Detours Traffic After Worcester I-190 Exit Sign Fell

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WORCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — State engineers are checking the structural integrity of all overhead signs along I-190 after one crashed into the right lane of southbound traffic in Worcester Tuesday morning.

According to a statement from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, there were no injuries or vehicles damaged in this incident, as state police redirected passing cars by shutting down the middle and right lanes.

Officials say they received a report the sign had fallen at around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, after which crews worked to remove the sign, briefly detouring all traffic off I-190 southbound at exit two while workers removed it. Officials say all lanes of traffic were reopened by 9 a.m.

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A spokesperson for the Massachusetts State Police said it was not clear what had happened at the time. MassDOT engineers are investigating, reviewing all other overhead signs, and working to find the root cause of the incident.

State Police say Troopers were deployed from the Holden Barracks to assist in detouring traffic.

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