‘Hi-load’ truck hit pedestrian bridge, caused collapse, MDOT says

Michigan authorities are asking drivers to seek alternate routes after a pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a busy interstate Friday morning.

The incident occurred around 5:20 a.m. on March 27 when the Townsend Pedestrian Bridge near Van Dyke Avenue in Detroit collapsed onto westbound I-94.

No injuries were reported.

While Michigan State Troopers are still investigating the cause of the bridge collapse, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) tweeted that a “hi-load” truck struck the bridge.

MDOT has brought in heavy equipment to remove and demolish the collapsed bridge.

Both eastbound and westbound I-94 are closed for the removal of the bridge. MDOT hopes to have the interstate reopened for the afternoon rush hour.

It will cost about $86,000 to demolish the bridge. There are no plans to replace the bridge as it was already set to be removed within the next few years as part of the I-94 Modernization project.