Roads closed in St. Pete after truck hits I-175 overpass, knocking down concrete

Pinellas County

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Part of Interstate 175 is shut down in St. Petersburg after police say a large truck hit an overpass while driving under it.

The truck was driving on 6th Street South Monday morning when it hit the I-175 overpass above. Police say the impact knocked some concrete down onto 6th Street.

Crews from the Florida Department of Transportation have determined there is structural damage to the concrete bridge beams.

Kris Carson, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation says only one lane of eastbound I-175 will remain open while repairs to the bridge take place. Sixth Street South under the bridge will remain closed.

Crews were able to determine there is structural damage to the bridge and therefore the roadway “deck” will have to be removed so the two damaged beams can be replaced. The estimate to complete this work is about three weeks at a cost of about 300-thousand dollars.

The truck driver’s insurance company will likely have to foot the bill for the repair.

Yolanda Fernandez with the St. Petersburg Police Department tells us investigators are trying to determine what caused that truck’s bed to rise on its own.

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