I-65 southbound in Morgan County reopened

MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. - Officials with the Alabama Department of Transportation say Interstate 65 southbound between Falkville and Lacon is reopened Friday. Authorities say drivers may experience delay  due to adjustments from Thursday, but traffic flow should return back to normal over the weekend.

 
 
 

 

Crews will remain on the scene to remove the equipment used throughout the repair project, according to ALDOT.

Authorities confirm no one was injured in the crash, but a 60-ton landfill compactor that was being hauled on the truck's flatbed trailer gouged the bridge deck and asphalt. An ALDOT spokesman said there was some bridge guardrail and rail damage as well, and spilled diesel fuel contributed to the asphalt damage.

Detour:

Southbound traffic is detoured at the Priceville Exit to Alabama 67 northbound and to U.S. 31 southbound.

ALDOT released information saying the above detour was seeing very heavy congestion so they implemented an additional detour for passenger traffic. Non-commercial vehicles will detour to exit 325 (Thompson Road). Commercial traffic would continue to take Exit 334 at AL-67 in Priceville.

The state has also moved ALDOT workers to the area to help with traffic control, and workers spent Thursday morning adjusting traffic signal timing on the detour. Local police have also helped with traffic control.

Bridge Structure:

The bridge is still structurally sound, according to ALDOT, but the gouges in the road have to be repaired. Crews had removed the damaged concrete on hte bridge deck early Thursday afternoon and were preparing to pour new concrete.

"This was a freak accident, the bridge is structurally sound, we would not open it back up unless it was," Curtis Vincent, ALDOT's North Region Engineer said. "We are just repairing the damage that was done by this accident."