October 24, 2014

Southbound M-13 blocked in Standish

James Kuch
Debris from the overpass is scattered across M-13.
James Kuch
Debris from the overpass is scattered across M-13.
James Kuch
Debris from the overpass is scattered across M-13.
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STANDISH — A truck with a high boom heading southbound on M-13 hit the US-23 overpass leaving debris across the highway.

The incident occurred on Friday, Sept. 17 at around 4 p.m., leaving southbound M-13 closed until late Saturday evening.

According to Michigan Department of Transportation Spokesperson Anita Richardson, southbound M-13 was reopened around 11 p.m. Saturday evening.

Richardson said that contractor C A Hull will repair the overpass. She said the repairs will cost around $58,000.

“As of right now construction will take a few months to finish,” Richardson said. “There was significant damage to the bridge and the partial deck needed to be removed.

Undersheriff for the Arenac County Sheriff’s Department Don McIntyre said there were no injuries in the accident.

McIntyre said as of Monday that the driver of the truck, owned by Billy’s Roadside Dumpsters, did not lower his boom after he made his last stop. He said the driver had not been charged in the incident, but McIntyre said he was shaken up.

Currently the truck is in the possession of the Arenac County Sheriff’s Department and will be inspected by MDOT.

The eastbound US-23 over pass will be closed until repairs are finished. Motorists will be rerouted to the southbound US-23 exit towards Pinconning where they can then travel north on US-23.

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