The Epps Mill Road bridge that goes over I-24 at exit 89 in Rutherford County is down to one lane this week. The bridge suffered structural damage after a tractor trailer truck hauling a backhoe struck the bridge while passing under it on Monday night. The backhoe actually came off the trailer and had to be up righted after flipping over before it could be loaded back onto a trailer to be hauled away.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the bridge was still down to one lane on Tuesday (2/19/13) morning. It is unknown when both lanes will reopen. Apparently the bridge will have to be inspected for structural damage by the state before the entire bridge can once again be deemed safe.
The driver of the truck hauling the backhoe was cited for violating the height law. Keith L. Hieb also failed to have proof of insurance with him. Hieb lives in McDonald, Tennessee.
According to Tennessee Code Annotated, a semi-truck or trailer cannot exceed a height of 13-feet and 6-inches.
TN Highway Patrol, Dispatch
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch
T.C.A. - See below
T.C.A. 55-7-202. Maximum width and height. —
(a) (1) No motor vehicle as defined in § 55-1-103 or any trailer or semitrailer, whose width, including any part of the load, exceeds eight feet (8¢) (that is, four feet (4¢) on each side of the center line of the vehicle), or whose height, including any part of the load, exceeds thirteen and one-half feet (13½¢), shall be operated on any highway; provided, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to farm tractors or farm machinery temporarily moving on any highway.