Truck Hits I-96 Bridge; MDOT Urges Avoiding Area

Sep 28, 2017

The Michigan Department of Transportation is asking drivers to avoid a section of I-96 after a truck hit the Pleasant Valley bridge over the highway.

Officials say a bridge over an interstate in southeastern Michigan will be rebuilt after being struck by a truck hauling construction equipment.

The truck hit a sign on the bridge over eastbound Interstate 96 on Wednesday in Livingston County's Brighton Township and bent several beams underneath the overpass. No injuries were reported, but the crash snarled traffic during the evening commute.

Video aired by WXYZ-TV shows the truck's cargo hitting the bridge, located about 35 miles (56 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area. The Michigan Department of Transportation says the damaged portion of the bridge will be demolished and replaced.

RECOMMENDED DETOUR FROM MDOT:

Take EB Grand River past Pleasant Valley road and take Kensington Road NB to get back on to I-96. 

FROM NB U.S. 23 and M-14: Take M-14 EB to NB I-275 to I-696. FROM SB U.S. 23: Take M-59 EB to Milford Rd SB and get onto EB I-96 there.