TREUTLEN COUNTY, Ga. — Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry gave an update on the closure of Interstate 16 after a truck crashed into a bridge shifting it six feet early Thursday morning.
"Thankfully no one was hurt or killed in this incident," Gov. Kemp said.
GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry said the bed of the dump truck was up and it struck the bridge with a large amount of force and shifted it out of its support.
"Part of it is suspending in mid-air," McMurry said.
McMurry said the first priority is safety and that was the necessity of closing I-16.
The demolition began early Friday morning. The plan is to open one lane westbound from Savannah to Macon by Sunday and open lane eastbound by Monday.
"We already have crews out there preparing for the demolition," McMurry said.
McMurry said depending on how the demolition goes, I-16 is expected to fully re-open by mid to late next week.
"We do not yet have a time to replace the bridge over I-16, which is State Route 86. It is a very minor state route that only has about 200 to 300 cars on it per day," McMurry said.
All lanes east and westbound are currently closed between Exits 71 and 78 in Treutlen County, between Savannah and Macon.
GDOT posted several photos of a large dump truck leaned over on the bridge along Georgia State Route 86.
Photos | Truck crashes into bridge over Georgia highway, shifting it six feet
I-16 is the main route between metro Atlanta, Savannah and Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. The bridge is about 150 miles southeast of Atlanta.
"We did try to lessen the impact by splitting the westbound and eastbound detours," McMurry said.
GDOT announced the following detour information:
Take Exit 78- Turn Right onto Highway 221 North, Left onto US 80 West, go through town of Adrian, Left onto State Route 15, Re-Enter I-16 at Exit 71
Take Exit 71 – Turn Right onto Highway 15, through Soperton, Left onto State Route 46, Left onto State Route 56, Re-Enter I-16 at Exit 78