Bridge damaged in Raleigh crash to stay closed

RALEIGH, North Carolina (WTVD) -- The North Carolina Department of Transportation says it will keep the Melbourne Road bridge in west Raleigh closed and begin an emergency repair process after it was damaged in a crash this week.

The bridge over Interstate 440 was damaged Tuesday afternoon when it was hit by a 16-foot tall excavator being hauled by a tractor trailer.

The bridge, built in 1959, has been closed since the incident.

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One lane was blocked

The NCDOT said while the emergency process doesn't require bids, it's expected to be a week to 10 days before a contractor can get going.

The plan is to reopen the bridge after the critical work is done and other repairs continue.

Any work that may require a lane or complete road closure for I-440 would likely take place overnight or during a weekend to avoid impact to rush hour and weekday daytime traffic.

For more on the future of the bridge visit the NCDOT's website.

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