A section of concrete on Interstate 75 South collapsed onto the roadway of the Interstate 24 West and I-75 interchange, Monday morning at about 11:30 a.m.
An official with the East Ridge Fire Department said a motorist crashed into the chunk of concrete and received minor injuries. No other injuries were reported. ERFD is not working the incident, simply monitoring the situation.
Southbound traffic just north of the split at I-75/I-24 was diverted as the roadway was closed so workers could clear debris. Motorists traveling north on I-75 at the split were also diverted. TDOT officials opened Southbound I-75 at about 6:30 p.m. on Monday evening. The Northbound lanes from I-75 to I-24 were reopened at 9:30 p.m.
TDOT officials told news sources that the bridge where the chunk of concrete fell had been inspected in July 2018. At that time there were no problems with the bridge, officials said.
TDOT officials said emergency repairs will begin soon on the collapsed section of the bridge. Those repairs are expected to be done within a month. The bridge will be replaced during the reconfiguration of the I-75/I-24 interchange later this year.