|Workers begin to clear away portions of the falsework on the Perris Bridge project, which was damaged when a semi truck struck support beams Tuesday morning.|
Traffic on northbound Interstate 215 was backed up for miles Tuesday after an accident involving a semi truck at the Perris/D Street bridge forced closure of all lanes.
Southbound traffic re-opened about 11:30 a.m. but all northbound lanes will be shut down for an undetermined amount of time. According to Office Travis Monks of the CHP, it could take up to 12 hours to clean up the debris and open that side of the freeway.
No injuries were reported, Monks said. According to Terry Kasinga of Caltrans, there was no damage to the bridge itself. The damaged portion was a catwalk constructed for workers and to facilitate widening of the bridge.
Traffic on the bridge was stopped briefly but was re-opened soon after.
"We don't want to call this a bridge collapse," Kasinga said. "This was a falsework hit. Unfortunately, we had a full closure scheduled tonight for a concrete pour on that portion. Now we'll have to tear down at least part of it and start over."
This is the second such incident at this bridge in the last year. On July 9, 2013, a semi truck hit the bridge, knocking over support beams.
|A gravel truck lies on its side near the northbound lanes of Interstate 215. |