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Evansville: US 41 truss bridge closed "indefinitely" after truck hit

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jnewkirk77:
On Jan. 21, a truck carrying an oversized load hit and heavily damaged the southbound U.S. 41 bridge over Pigeon Creek on Evansville's north side. This bridge, which was originally built in 1940, had only recently reopened after a year-long rehab/repaint project.

INDOT has closed the bridge "indefinitely" and says it could be a year or more before it's able to be reopened.

Southbound traffic is currently using the S.R. 66/Diamond Avenue exit, then returning to the mainline via a temporary slip ramp that was quickly reinstalled after having been removed only a few weeks ago.

https://www.courierpress.com/story/news/2020/02/04/indot-u-s-41-truss-bridge-diamond-avenue-closed-indefinitely/4655676002/

silverback1065:
I hate stories like this  :banghead:  I hope INDOT gets all the money from the company that caused this!

Max Rockatansky:
Why does Indiana come up frequently with stories about trucks taking out truss bridges?  That story awhile back out of Paoli was bad enough. 

jeffandnicole:

--- Quote from: jnewkirk77 on February 07, 2020, 10:33:42 AM ---https://www.courierpress.com/story/news/2020/02/04/indot-u-s-41-truss-bridge-diamond-avenue-closed-indefinitely/4655676002/

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--- Quote ---A pole is attached to escort vehicles to determine whether the load can travel through tight spaces. That pole hit the frame of the bridge as the escort vehicle passed under.

The escort driver tried to alert the truck driver that its load, a large electric motor, wouldn't fit under the bridge. The two drivers didn't make contact, Ringle said.

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Every safety measure, including providing the route directions, was in place to avoid such a collision, and every safety measure was ignored or didn't work.

If I were the truck drive, I'd be suing his escort driver for the cost of the penalties, loss of income, etc.  Ultimately the truck driver is in charge of his own vehicle, but there is some blame to pass around here.

Life in Paradise:

--- Quote from: jeffandnicole on February 07, 2020, 11:38:18 AM ---
--- Quote from: jnewkirk77 on February 07, 2020, 10:33:42 AM ---https://www.courierpress.com/story/news/2020/02/04/indot-u-s-41-truss-bridge-diamond-avenue-closed-indefinitely/4655676002/

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--- Quote ---A pole is attached to escort vehicles to determine whether the load can travel through tight spaces. That pole hit the frame of the bridge as the escort vehicle passed under.

The escort driver tried to alert the truck driver that its load, a large electric motor, wouldn't fit under the bridge. The two drivers didn't make contact, Ringle said.

--- End quote ---

Every safety measure, including providing the route directions, was in place to avoid such a collision, and every safety measure was ignored or didn't work.

If I were the truck drive, I'd be suing his escort driver for the cost of the penalties, loss of income, etc.  Ultimately the truck driver is in charge of his own vehicle, but there is some blame to pass around here.

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If I remember the story correctly, the escort driver turned off the road at the light just before the bridge, but the truck continued going straight.  If the truck had just taken the exit to the right of the bridge (has another bridge with no truss), the most he would have damaged was a traffic light.

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