A truck driver in Holland, MI, who failed to lower his hydraulic lift after dropping off a container, is now responsible for the lane closure that could take up to one year and $400,00 to repair, the Michigan Department of Transportation estimates.
The truck’s boom hit the bridge overpass causing significant damage at South Washington Avenue on a southbound lane U.S. 31 in Holland, police said.
Although South Washington Avenue has re-opened for motorists, MDOT stated in a press release that a nationwide steel shortage that has already delayed other state projects could mean that there will be no replacements for damaged plates will not this year. Other repairs are estimated to take months.
The insurance carrier and the company will most likely foot the $400,000 bill for the overpass, which includes repairs and beam replacements, MDOT said.
The truck driver received a citation for careless driving, police said. Luckily, no one was injured in the crash.