UPDATE: ITD fully opens interstate under Meridian bridge after crash

newsroom@idahostatesman.comJune 5, 2014 

Traffic backs up on westbound Interstate 84 at Meridian Road on Thursday morning after a semi carrying a load too tall to clear the overpass knocked concrete onto the highway.


— The Idaho Transportation Department has fully reopened westbound Interstate 84 under Meridian Road after a commercial vehicle hit the overpass Thursday, damaging it.

Westbound I-84 was restricted to one lane Thursday afternoon; ITD had hoped to reopen it in time for the evening commute, according to a press release.

According to Idaho State Police, the damage came from a 1997 Kenworth truck pulling a 2003 flatbed trailer loaded with an excavator. The excavator's arm was extended and hit the overpass, causing debris to hit three other vehicles. No one was injured; ISP has not said if the driver, 26-year-old Miles W. Harper of Nampa, will be cited.

ITD's repairs include cleaning debris from the site and shoring up the damaged part of the overpass to keep loose material from falling.

The bridge was already the focus of construction work this spring. ITD is rebuilding the interchange and making improvements to I-84 between Meridian and Five Mile roads. Drivers should expect lane restrictions on the bridge related to that construction from 10 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday, and lane widths across the bridge will be restricted to 10 feet starting at 5 a.m. Friday.

The larger, $50.8 million project is being done by Concrete Placing Co. of Boise.

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