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Michigan bridge to be rebuilt after damage from truck

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Officials say a bridge over an interstate in southeastern Michigan will be rebuilt after being struck by a truck hauling construction equipment.

The truck hit a sign on the bridge over eastbound Interstate 96 on Wednesday in Livingston County's Brighton Township and bent several beams underneath the overpass. No injuries were reported, but the crash snarled traffic during the evening commute.

Video aired by WXYZ-TV shows the truck's cargo hitting the bridge, located about 35 miles northwest of Detroit.

The Pleasant Valley bridge over eastbound I-96 in Livingston County is now scheduled for demolition.

All three lanes of eastbound I-96 are closed, east of US-23, and will remain closed until demolition is complete.

In addition, there will be two lanes closed between Grand River Ave. and Spencer Road on eastbound I-96 starting at 6 p.m. Sept. 28.

There will be a double lane closure on westbound I-96, east of Pleasant Rd, starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 28.

The following ramps will be closed starting at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 with detour routes:

Southbound US-23 ramp to eastbound I-96

Northbound US-23 ramp to eastbound I-96

All traffic is expected to reopen, including eastbound I-96, by 5 a.m. Sept. 29.

Pleasant Valley Rd over I-96 will remain closed for approximately six months until the new structure can be built.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area. The Michigan Department of Transportation says the damaged portion of the bridge will be demolished and replaced.

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