DETROIT (WXYZ) — A pedestrian bridge collapsed after a truck collision in Detroit Friday morning.
Michigan State Police say they were notified of the Townsend Pedestrian Bridge collapse around 5:20 a.m. Friday.
The collapse happened on westbound I-94 at Mt. Elliott and Townsend.
A truck brought down the bridge, according to Diane Cross of MDOT. The truck did not fit under the bridge, and the collision caused the collapse.
Heads up – 94 closed between Gratiot and Van Dyke to remove the Ped bridge hit by a truck. Equipment moving into place. pic.twitter.com/Mo63aRv9Mr— MDOT - Metro Detroit (@MDOT_MetroDet) March 27, 2020
Road Closure: At approximately 5:20 AM MSP was notified that the Townsend Pedestrian Bridge had collapsed on WB I-94 near Van Dyke. The freeway is completely blocked. The EB side of the bridge is not affected. pic.twitter.com/d1GhbqDdiC— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) March 27, 2020
While the eastbound side of the bridge remains intact, MSP says the "whole bridge will need to be removed."
Demo is fast & noisy. pic.twitter.com/v3ElZU5uqc— MDOT - Metro Detroit (@MDOT_MetroDet) March 27, 2020
It's going to cost $86,000 to demolish the bridge, according to MDOT.
Diane Cross says the department does not plan on rebuilding the bridge, since there were plans to demolish it in a few years as part of the I-94 Modernization project.
Eastbound lanes shut down this morning at I-75 so MDOT could take down both sections of the bridge, MSP tweeted. The completion timeline is to be determined. MSP personnel have cleared the scene.
Right now, both east- and westbound lanes on I-94 are closed. MDOT says vehicles must exit at Van Dyke and can re-enter at E Grand Boulevard. Drivers can also detour using Gratiot to I-75 to I-94.
No injuries have been reported, according to 7 Action News reporter Ali Hoxie.
Good news, no one injured during the pedestrian bridge collapse on WB 94 near Mt. Elliot. I’m told a truck drove under it and didn’t fit. Bridge will have to be taken down, which means eventually EB lanes will close. No timeline for demolition @wxyzdetroit pic.twitter.com/Y7zDgQuLid— Ali Hoxie (@ali_hoxie) March 27, 2020