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I-16 detour | Here's the route you need to take as major highway expected to be closed for days

A truck crashed into a Georgia bridge and shifted it six feet.

TREUTLEN COUNTY, Ga. — If you are heading to or from Savannah to the metro Atlanta area, you'll need to take note of a major detour.

A truck crashed into a Georgia bridge and shifted it six feet, requiring the closure of a stretch of interstate between Macon and Savannah early Thursday.

The incident happened on I-16 in Treutlen County. The interstate is now closed between Exit 71 and Exit 78.

Crews have already begun demolishing the bridge. The plan is to open one lane westbound from Savannah to Macon by Sunday and open lane eastbound by Monday. 

GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry said depending on how the demolition goes, I-16 is expected to fully re-open by mid to late next week.


Westbound detour: 
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

Eastbound detour:
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