FORT MYERS, FL. -- An excavator traveling southbound on Interstate 75 in Lee County struck the Tice Street Overpass earlier today. The overpass has been inspected and the two outside lanes of southbound Interstate 75 at the Tice Street Overpass are currently closed awaiting repairs of the overpass.
It is anticipated that the two lanes will remain closed until 6am Thursday. The two inside lanes remain open.
Drivers should be aware of potential delays as they travel south on Interstate 75 in the area of the Tice Street Overpass.
The Florida DOT issued this advisory today as well:
Two southbound lanes on I-75 just north of Luckett Road (exit 139) will remain open to traffic while crews repair three beams damaged in a traffic incident about 9:30 a.m. today. Right lanes southbound on the interstate in this location are closed. The westbound shoulder on the Tice Street overpass will remain closed until crews complete all repair work.
Bridge damage is minor and repair work should finish early Friday morning. This afternoon crews are removing loose concrete from the overpass and then will begin patching outer concrete on three beams. Crews will continue repair work tonight/overnight. Right lanes will reopen to traffic at 5 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, April 17, and stay open all day. Right lanes will close again at 9 p.m. tomorrow night and remain closed until overpass repair work is completed (by 5 a.m. Friday, April 18).
Next week during nighttime/overnight hours crews will remove and replace interstate pavement damaged from this incident.