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VIDEO ADDED 8:10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018
UPDATE 8:23 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 - Officials from Caltrans District 3 are saying the Butte City Bridge over the Sacramento River (Highway 162) in Glenn County will only allow for one lane of traffic until Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018.
GLENN COUNTY, Calif. - As of 8 p.m. Saturday, the eastbound lane of State Route 162 over the Butte City Bridge is shut down, and traffic control over the bridge is in effect.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Saturday around 9 a.m., a semi-truck driver hauling a backhoe felt an impact and realized the backhoe had hit a trestle, knocking it off the trailer. The impact left a two-foot hole in the concrete of the bridge, exposing rebar and asphalt. The CHP says the hole also exposed the Sacramento River underneath.
The driver was not injured.
CALTRANS was called, and the eastbound lane was shut down to traffic. The westbound lane remained open, with traffic control in effect. CALTRANS determined the bridge was still structurally sound, and a Bridge Repair Crew was called.
The CHP says the bridge provides a direct route from the Willows area to Oroville, and is a popular route for farmers and ranchers hauling equipment.
To avoid the bridge, drivers must travel dozens of miles out of the way both north and south, by way of Colusa or Ord Ferry Road.
There is no estimate yet on when that bridge will be repaired and traffic restrictions will be lifted.
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