FLINT TWP. — The westbound outside lane on the Miller Road / I-75 overpass was closed Dec. 21, due to vehicular damage to the bridge, according to an advisory from the Genesee County Road Commission.
The northerly two beams of the bridge over southbound I-75 were hit and damaged by a semi truck on Wednesday afternoon, according to a police report. Traffic on southbound I-75 was backed up for several hours and being rerouted Wednesday night into early Thursday morning while damage was assessed by crews from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). Southbound freeway lanes reopened about 2:15 a.m. Dec. 22, according to township police.
As of Thursday evening, the north westbound lane of Miller Rd along with right left turn lane onto the exit ramp are closed to traffic until further notice. MDOT was hoping to reopen them Friday, December 23, after an inspection and a possible temporary fix, according to the road commission. Township police said the traffic lane could remained closed until spring.
Traffic flow will be maintained via lane shift and lane closure but significant traffic backups were expected especially considering the rush of Christmas shoppers. For further information, please contact the MDOT Davison Transportation Service Center at (810) 653-7470.
No one was injured in the crash, which happened about 3:10 p.m.
The truck was too tall for the bridge, police reported. No other vehicles were damaged. Police do not know yet if any charges will be filed against the driver.
The same bridge overpass was previously struck and damaged by a semi in June of 2012 and September of 2009.