Bridge Beam Fall Causes More I-69 Lane Closures

By Stephanie Parkinson

August 8, 2012 Updated Aug 9, 2012 at 2:32 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Crews are hard at work to keep a major construction project on schedule after a massive concrete beam crashed onto I-69 early Wednesday morning.

It happened at the new Union Chapel Bridge in the northbound lanes. A strap broke on a crane that was installing the beams. One beam fell onto the freeway. A second beam was damaged but remains on the bridge.

Wednesday night crews will remove the broken beam that is still on the bridge. Then in the near future they will take two beams that were intended for the southbound lanes and use those in the northbound lanes while they wait for two new beams to be made.

INDOT says despite this mishap the project is still set to be done by late November.

“They'll be working in the northbound lanes putting the deck pans in place and so on, basically it's going to change the order in which things are going to happen but the project will still be on schedule,” said Mary Foster, Communications Director, INDOT.

The two beams that have to be remade for the southbound lanes will be done in about 2-3 weeks. They are being manufactured by a company out of Decatur.

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