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Traffic is jammed for northbound commuters as I-77 is shut down Wednesday

Northbound Interstate 77 was shut down Wednesday and will remain closed through at least early Thursday, after a dump truck hit a bridge in the toll lane construction zone just north of uptown.

I-77 Mobility Partners said contractor Sugar Creek Construction decided to disassemble the concrete form the dump truck hit “out of an abundance of caution.”

Traffic was backed up past the Interstate 277 on-ramp Wednesday afternoon. I-77 northbound traffic is being redirected to northbound I-85 at Exit 13 to go around the work zone.

“Safety is our top priority and we appreciate your patience while we work as diligently as possible to complete this work,” I-77 Mobility Partners spokeswoman Jean Leier said, in a statement. “Motorists should expect delays and seek an alternate route if possible.“

Interstate 77 north is expected to reopen at around 5 a.m. Thursday. The road had been previously scheduled to close starting at 11 p.m. Wednesday for construction work, but not during the middle of rush hour.

According to Observer news partner WBTV, the crash happened when a Blue Max dump truck was traveling north to pick up a load but the driver didn’t lower its bed after dumping its previous load. That hit the bridge, WBTV said.

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