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Truck with oversized load strikes Virginia Ave. bridge

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INDIANAPOLIS -

A day after the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced plans to tackle low bridge clearance on south split bridges, a vehicle struck the Virginia Ave. bridge.

See video here.

Video captured the truck hitting the bridge just before 1:00 pm. The driver pulled over, and no injuries were reported. There was some damage to the vehicle the driver was hauling.

Large vehicles striking the bridges and causing traffic delays have created problems for years. On Feb. 22, a truck hit the Virginia Ave. bridge and required a weekend-long closure of northbound I-65 and eastbound I-70 for emergency repairs. 

Over 400 oversize vehicles have struck bridges on Indiana's south split since 1999.

INDOT plans to close I-65 and I-70 for up to 90 days this fall to lower the pavement beneath seven low bridges at the south split.

INDOT plans to use incentives and an innovative bidding technique that reduced closure days for the Allisonville Road Bridge and other projects around the state. A public open house is tentatively scheduled for July 11 to present project details and answer questions.

INDOT will partner with the City of Indianapolis to keep traffic flowing and access open to downtown cultural districts, applying techniques that were successfully used during the 2003 Hyperfix project. Message boards and signage will direct I-65 and I-70 through traffic to use the south and west legs of I-465.

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