Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
April 25, 2017
Efforts underway for removal of crane, debris from North Fork Holston River
BRISTOL— Cleanup efforts are being organized at the Route 23 bridge replacement site in the Weber City area following heavy weekend rains.
In addition to the work bridge being damaged by the rains, a section of the shore collapsed causing a crane to slide into the river. Equipment is being transported to the site to aid in the removal efforts. Once the waters recede to normal levels, the process of removing the crane will begin. No timeframe has been established for the removal of the crane.
Crews will continue to monitor the crane, which has been stationary since yesterday afternoon.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has initiated coordination efforts with regulatory and resource partners such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality on the cleanup.
The work zone remains one lane in each direction along Route 23. Motorists should be alert to the possibility of periodic traffic stops when removal of the crane begins.
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