Highway lanes closed after truck hits bridge near Issaquah

May 3, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

Officials inspect a damaged highway overpass at state Route 18 and Interstate 90 as crews clean up debris. Department of Transportation

NEW — 5:30 p.m. May 3, 2011

Crews closed the right lanes of westbound state Route 18 and eastbound Interstate 90 east of Issaquah after a tow truck damaged the girders supporting the eastbound interstate lanes.

The incident occurred at about 3 p.m. Tuesday at the interstate overpass at state Route 18, about nine miles from downtown Issaquah and about five miles from rural Preston.

The state Department of Transportation said the collision damaged seven of the 13 girders, knocked concrete from the overpass and broke several steel support cables.

Crews closed lanes on both roads as a precaution. The ramps at the interchange between the highways remain open.

The extent of the damage is still undetermined. State bridge experts should be on the scene by 6:30 p.m.

Officials said a tow truck removing a dump truck from the scene of a collision on state Route 18 at Raging River hit the girders underneath the interstate.

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