Freeway bridge takes hit


The Mirror

A semi on Military Road South rolled over while passing under a span of Interstate 5 after the tractor it was hauling struck the overpass on Wednesday.

Transportation authorities closed that area of Military Road for almost 24 hours while the span was inspected, but determined it hadn't been damaged.

The state is widening the span to include north and south high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. The tractor struck temporary supports that are underneath the bridge while the new sections are constructed.

State bridge inspectors and engineers determined the old section of the span wasn't damaged. The new section appeared unharmed, but the temporary supports were removed Thursday to get a better understanding of the situation, according to according to state Department of Transportation officials. If repairs needed to be made, that section of Military Road would be closed –– or some of its lanes –– for a longer period, officials said.

Traffic was routed around the overpass after the accident. Westbound travelers were being sent to 31st Avenue South and eastbound to South 304th Street. People wanting to access the interstate were directed to use South 320th Street.

Shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday, Federal Way Police officers were called to the collision in the 31200 block of Military Road South. They found a semi, its trailer and the tractor it was hauling overturned. The wreckage was cleared later that evening.

Police determined the tractor had struck the overpass and pulled the truck and trailer over, said Stacey Flores, police spokeswoman.

The driver wasn't injured, according to Kendra Kay, Federal Way Fire Department spokeswoman.

Staff writer Mike Halliday: 925-5565,

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