When a City of Minot dump truck smacked into the 16th Street Bridge yesterday, it was the second time this year the bridge had been hit by a truck on the highway below.
It happened back in May when a tank slammed into the bottom of the bridge.
It’s been hit so often, you can see the damage on the concrete sides – and the steel beams.
The bridge belongs to the city, but the state Department of Transportation helps if there are questions about the structural integrity of the bridge.
Bob Allen of the DOT says the bridge has at least 16-feet of clearance – well over the required minimum of 14 feet.
(Bob Allen, ND Department of Transportation) “At 16 feet or over if you look at all our interstate bridges for example, most of them are close to the same as this, there are some less. There are some interstate bridges with less clearance than this one. Would we like to have more clearance so it doesn’t get hit? Sure. But there’s not an easy way to do that. It should be fine, we even put some signs out there. We shouldn’t have to put a clearance sign on an above-height bridge but we do to try help protect it.”
Allen says yesterday’s impact was minor, but added that structural experts have been called in following previous accidents to make sure the bridge remains safe for traffic.