Wreck closes I-20 over­pass in­def­i­nitely

The Covington News - - LOCAL - ROB DEWIG rdewig@cov­news.com

A dump truck with its bed a lit­tle too high struck the un­der­side of the Old Ox­ford Road Bridge Sun­day, clos­ing it to traf­fic for at least a week, and per­haps much longer.

David Spear, the com­mu­ni­ca­tions direc­tor for the Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion, said the bridge will be closed “cer­tainly the bal­ance of this week and prob­a­bly the bal­ance of next week. It may even in­volve re­plac­ing some of the driv­ing sur­face. Un­for­tu­nately, if that hap­pens it could be closed for a sus­tained pe­riod of time.”

GDOT en­gi­neers and New­ton County officials spent Mon­day as­sess­ing the dam­age, Spear said.

“Our en­gi­neers have been out tak­ing a look at it and they’re go­ing to go back and take another look” soon, he said. “There are some steel beams (un­der) the driv­ing sur­face that have been bent. They’re go­ing to need to be re­paired. There are sev­eral ways we’re dis­cussing to do that right now.”

New­ton County officials have erected de­tour signs around the bridge for now.

“For­tu­nately, with Al­mon Road and Turner Lake (road in­ter­changes nearby), there are lots of ways to de­tour traf­fic around that area. But it is go­ing to be an in­dis­po­si­tion.”

The dam­aged over­pass is about half­way be­tween the two in­ter­changes. Old Ox­ford Bridge Road does not al­low in­ter­state ac­cess.

Dar­rell Everidge/The Cov­ing­ton News

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