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I-585 In Spartanburg Back Open After Bridge Knocked Out

 I-585 In Spartanburg Back Open After Bridge Knocked Out

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Interstate 585 is back open Tuesday morning in both directions after a crash on the north side of Spartanburg.

The wreck damaged the California Avenue bridge over I-585. Repairs will take months to complete.

Crews worked throughout the night until enough repairs were made to reopen the road. California Avenue, at the bridge, is still closed until the overpass is replaced. Crews are expected to continue work Tuesday.

Workers were able to completely remove one section of the bridge Monday night.

South Carolina Emergency Management Director Doug Bryson says the California Avenue bridge is closed and will be shut down for months.

WHAT HAPPENED?

The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported the accident on the road - also known as Interstate 585 - at California Avenue at 9:09 a.m.

Our photographer at the scene reports an 18-wheeler carrying another a "cherry picker" vehicle caused damage to the California Avenue bridge that goes over I-585.

Highway patrol says the driver of the tractor trailer was ticketed for losing load. Transportation police are still investigating.

They say the cherry picker was all the way down, but the load was higher than the 13'10" requirement.

Bill Rhyne with the Highway patrol says the bridge has been hit before.

The South Carolina DOT will be posting orange cones and detours around the area.

HISTORY OF THE BRIDGE AND PLANNED REPLACEMENT

Lee Floyd with the South Carolina Department of Transportation says the California bridge was last inspected Sept 2013. It was deemed sufficient.

The bridge is inspected every 12 months because there is a load restriction.

Every bridge in SC is inspected every 24 months unless it has a load restriction or it is closed

Then it is inspected every 12 months.

SCDOT planned to replace this bridge Sept 2014, but will replace it sooner now, because of the accident.

The new plan calls for a higher 17ft clearance and wider on top of the bridge

Current clearance is 13'10" . Signs are posted on both sides of the bridge several times according to DOT.

PROBLEMS FOR HOSPITAL

Director Bryson tells us the accident and bridge closing will cause problems for nearby Spartanburg Regional medical Center. He says he  worked with first responders to work out new travel routes around the road problem.

Use of the frontage road along 585 should minimize delays for ambulances, according to Bryson.

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