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MEDFORD (CBS) – All lanes of I-93 southbound in Medford will be closed overnight so crews can continue repairing a bridge that was struck by a truck earlier this week.
The southbound lanes and the westbound bridge at Roosevelt Circle will be closed at 10 p.m. Wednesday. The two left lanes on I-93 northbound will also be closed starting at 9 p.m.
All traffic will be detoured off I-93 south at exit 24. MassDOT expects to have the lanes reopened by 5 a.m. Thursday morning.
“These late-night lane closures are necessary to enable crews to safely remove damaged portions of the structure without risk to interstate traffic,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver.
Two lanes of I-93 south and the eastbound lanes of the bridge have been closed since Monday afternoon after a truck carrying a huge metal water tank struck the Roosevelt Circle overpass, causing extensive damage. The large tank hit two structural beams. The first beam was split in two and the second was bowed from the impact.
Massachusetts State Police said the Alabama man driving the truck was not permitted to drive on I-93 in Medford. The load was also 9 inches over the 14-foot height limit. He also didn’t have a flag car.
The driver for Dove Transportation, who has not been identified, was cited and now faces a $210 fine.
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