'There's no excuse': TDOT, THP want local companies in compliance after truck hits Moore Road bridge

A portion of I-24 East is closed due to a truck hitting an overpass on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Chattanooga. / Photo courtesy of TDOT

While the Tennessee Department of Transportation has declared the Moore Road bridge "safe" and "functional" after a truck driver struck it Tuesday, state officials are using the opportunity to bring awareness to prevent such an event from happening again.

The incident was reported around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and caused Interstate 24 eastbound and the Moore Road bridge to shut down overnight for repairs, bringing evening rush-hour traffic to a crawl.

Upon the initial assessment, a bridge inspection team and maintenance crew determined that eight of the 24 reinforcing strands on the outside beam had been severed, according to Region Two TDOT Assistant Chief Engineer Joe Deering.

TDOT worked with Dement Construction Company to remove the damaged beam, and the roadway reopened around 1 a.m.