2 lanes reopen on I-93 south in Medford after overnight shutdown

Crews continue work to repair heavily-damaged overpass

Two lanes of I-93 south are back open in Medford Thursday morning after crews closed the road overnight to work on a damaged overpass.

The issue has been impacting traffic for days and will continue for the foreseeable future.

Crews were hoping to have the necessary repairs completed Wednesday but they needed more time to work on the overpass.

MassDOT’s highway administrator tweeted a picture showing crews working on the Roosevelt Circle overpass. He says they’ve isolated the damaged section of the bridge with temporary shoring and started to cut out the steel and concrete.

As crews were demolishing parts of the bridge, they discovered additional damage they needed to take care of right away, so MassDOT closed all lanes of I-93 overnight to allow crews to safely remove parts of the bridge without putting drivers in danger.

MassDOT says the company of the overheight truck that struck the bridge Monday will be held legally and financially responsible for damages since the company didn’t have the proper permitting.

MassDOT hopes to have all lanes reopened on I-93 south in Medford at some point Thursday. They also hope to have the bridge reopened.

The work for permanent repairs is expected to take months.

Drivers are urged to use public transportation or use an alternate route to avoid traffic.

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