Portion Of I81 Closed Due To Accident


A portion of Interstate 81 was shut down for most of the day Wednesday after a truck collided with an overpass near the Adams Center exit.

The accident happened around 9 a.m. The highway reopened around 5 p.m.

The exit is officially known as exit 42 and is where Route 177 crosses over the interstate.

The southbound lanes were closed. Traffic across the Route 177 bridge was reduced to one lane.

The white boom truck shown in the photo below was riding on a flatbed trailer when it struck the bridge.

It fell off the flatbed and crossed two lanes of traffic before coming to rest in the median.

State Department of Transportation officials say only the bridge's outer beam was damaged and it doesn't appear as if any of the interior supports were damaged.

They say it's the third time the bridge has been hit in the past year and they aren't sure why.

"This one you can go up and over if you know you have a load that exceeds the height," said DOT spokesman Mike Flick.

"You can pretty much just get off southbound, go up and over 177 and right back on without any clearance issues."

No injuries were reported.









Friday, December 9, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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