The Burleigh County Highway Department has closed the 80th Street NE bridge, effective immediately, until further notice.
Located at I-94 between Highway 10 and 43rd Ave NE, the bridge was closed due to damage caused by a semi April 13 around 10:30 a.m.
According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, a semi was hauling a coil tubing unit from McKenzie to Mandaree when the driver made a wrong turn off the permitted route and ended up on I-94 heading west toward Bismarck.
The top of the coil tubing unit struck the 80th Street NE bridge, causing damage to the bridge supports and puncturing a hole in the bridge deck.
The semi continued west and was later located back in McKenzie after the company contacted the highway patrol.
The highway patrol also says the semi’s load was later measured to be higher than what the company requested to be permitted.
The Burleigh County Highway Department says the bridge will be need to be inspected, and a plan on how to proceed with a repair or replacement will be determined. The closure will remain in place until further notice.
The highway department advises to take alternate routes.
At this time, the highway department says the closest route across the interstate would be the Centennial Road and Bismarck Expressway crossing.