#UPDATE | GDOT has demolished the bridge. Here’s the latest:
SOPERTON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say they hope to reopen an interstate that connects much of Georgia its coastline by next week after a crash knocked a bridge overpass from its support beams.
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The Georgia Department of Transportation says it plans to demolish the overpass that crosses above Interstate 16 so that it can reopen the interstate by next week.
A short stretch of the interstate was closed in both directions following Thursday’s crash.
Authorities say a semi on I-16 was hauling a trailer with a dumping mechanism that was extended upwards, causing it to strike the bridge overhead Thursday.
The agency shared photos on social media that show the bridge dislodged from its base.