D.O.T. Says Damaged Overpass Repair $200K-$300K

The D.O.T. a damaged highway girder, struck by one of their own trucks, will have to be replaced. The cost of that repair is estimated at between $200,000 and $300,000.

Last Friday a D.O.T. flatbed truck carrying an excavator struck the Highway 258 exit ramp on U.S. 64 in Edgecombe County.

The accident caused a chunks of the concrete support beam to fall onto the highway below. The exit ramp was immediately closed as highway engineers determined the extent of damage.

The D.O.T. expects the ramp to stay closed until July at the earliest, according to a spokeswoman. Along with the new girder, the deck and barrier rail will have to be replaced. The D.O.T. says it will take between 30 and 45 days just to get the replacement girder made.

The Highway Patrol charged the D.O.T. employee with driving while exceeding safe load height. The clearance was 17 feet, while the maximum allowed height on highways is 13 feet 6 inches.


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The State Department of Transportation say they're still waiting for estimates on how to repair this part of Highway 258 and U.S. 64 overpass near Tarboro in Edgecombe County.

The Highway Patrol says an excavator was on the back of a flatbed truck, driven by a D.O.T worker, when it hit the overpass at exit 486.

It took out a chuck of the bridge. they say the exit ramp for U.S. 64 East will likely remain closed for at least two weeks.


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The Highway Patrol has charged a D.O.T. worker after his too tall truck struck an overpass on U.S. 64, forcing the closing of one exit.

The D.O.T. says an excavator was on the back of a flatbed truck when it hit the overpass at exit 486. It took out a chuck of the bridge.

State troopers have charged Joe Hawkins with driving while exceeding safe load height. The clearance is 17 feet and the top of his excavator hit one of the concrete beams that supports the overpass. Pieces of concrete fell onto the road, closing one of the lanes on U.S. 64.

The Highway Patrol says the highest load you can legally drive in North Carolina is 13 feet, 6 inches.

The D.O.T. says inspectors are currently assessing the damage. They say the exit ramp for U.S. 64 East will likely remain closed until next week.

Traffic on 64 East wanting to access Highway 258 should take exit 487 for Highway 33 West to U.S. 64 West Alternate, then back to U.S. 258.

The D.O.T. says they are investigating why the accident happened and depending on what that reveals they will take appropriate action.


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One lane of U.S. 64 in Edgecombe County is closed after a piece of equipment struck a bridge overpass.

The Highway Patrol says luckily no one was injured in the accident at the Highway 258 exit on 64.

The D.O.T. says their crews were moving the equipment on U.S. 64 and it struck the overpass.

Right now one westbound lane of 64 at milepost 486 is closed and the state expects that to remain closed until 6:00 p.m.

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