MoDOT repairing I-55 overpass where chunks of concrete fell onto truck

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 7 at 7:48 PM

I-55 at Reavis Barracks Road

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(KMOV) – Missouri Department of Transportation crews on Friday were fixing a south St. Louis County overpass, a day after concrete fell onto a truck while traveling under Interstate 55.

News 4 covered the story after Brad Witte’s dashboard camera recorded pieces of concrete falling onto his vehicle while driving under I-55 on Reavis Barracks Rd.

The concrete landed on the truck’s hood and windshield.

“That thing could have come through the sun roof and killed me, if I had been another five or 10 feet further down the road,” Witte told News 4 on Thursday.

Exclusive video: Chunks of concrete falls on truck driving under I-55 overpass

Mark Croarkin with MoDOT said ice and salt were the cause of the crumbling overpass. 

“It was inspected. It was fine when people looked at it, it’s an aging structure,” said Croarkin.

MoDOT said the bridge was built in 1962 and was last inspected in July of 2012.  

“I hate to say they’ll probably be a few more with some crumbs falling off. We’re going to be out looking, looking the best we can,” said Croarkin.

 

MoDOT said they watch 1,200 bridges in the area and they inspect them at least once every two years.

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