Rio Dell’s Green Bridge Damaged in Traffic Accident, One Lane Closed for Inspection
According to the scanner, the bridge just north of Rio Dell, known locally as the “Green Bridge” was struck earlier today by a piece of heavy equipment being towed on a trailer. A section of the bridge was damaged. (See above photo.) One lane will be closed for inspection.
Caltrans has found that the northbound bridge on U.S. Highway 101 just north of Rio Dell has sustained damage to one of its gusset plates. The gusset plate is an important part of the box girder structure that holds beams to the structure’s columns.
A structures engineer and a maintenance crew have been dispatched to the bridge to inspect the damage and determine what will need to be done to repair the plate.
One lane of the bridge will be closed while the gusset plate is inspected.