Authorities temporarily close Interstate 16 in Georgia after a truck crashed into a bridge and displaced it 6 feet, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
I-16 is closed between Exit 71 and Exit 78 without a deadline to reopen as crews work to manage the situation.
This highway artery regularly funnels drivers from the Atlanta metropolitan area to and from Savannah beaches.
Those hoping to travel to the coast on Thursday will have to wait or detour in Treutlen County, about 150 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta, while authorities are on the scene at the Georgia overpass.
In photos provided by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), the bridge appears to have been dislodged from its concrete foundation and pushed back at least 6 feet. The agency said on Twitter that a truck bed “malfunctioned” and hit the bridge.
GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry told the State Transportation Board Thursday that there is no estimated time to reopen I-16.
He said demolition of the bridge will begin in earnest on Thursday or Friday. That would suggest that the road will not be reopened immediately.
McMurry said GDOT will focus on restoring I-16 westbound traffic first to help get cargo out of the Port of Savannah. Approximately 21,000 vehicles use the section of the road every day.
“Our goal is obviously to have this bridge removed so that I-16 traffic can be restored as quickly as possible.”
Meanwhile, there is a detour to direct eastbound and westbound drivers through Adrian and Soperton.