Updated :Truck Accident Closes Part Of Interstate 85 In Macon County

The Alabama Department of Transportation has reopened both northbound lanes of Interstate 85 between Tuskegee and Auburn.

Crews worked around-the-clock to repair a bridge damaged when an eighteen wheeler crashed into it.

One lane opened around 1pm this afternoon and both lanes were open by 5pm.

DOT officials say the bridge is safe to travel on, but more extensive repairs will be done in the coming weeks.

Thursday morning, an accident in Macon County damaged a bridge on Interstate 85.

According to the Department of Transportation, the driver of a tanker truck crashed into the northbound bridge near mile marker 38. It happened around 2:30 in the morning.

Troopers tell WSFA 12 the truck driver suffered minor injuries.

Traffic was been diverted at exit 38 (Tuskegee exit) to allow motorists to return to the interstate at exit 51 (Auburn).

Southbound traffic is was affected.

In a statement Thursday, D-O-T special assistant Tony Harris said crews will work around-the-clock to make emergency repairs to the bridge's support pilings.

He said work should be finished sometime by mid-morning (Friday), and only one lane will be open to traffic. Harris said the bridge will require more extensive repairs in coming weeks.

D-O-T also said it could seek to recover the cost of repairs from the trucking company or it insurance company.

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