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Vehicles Damaged On Silliman Evans Bridge

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Silliman Evans Bridge near downtown Nashville experienced a traffic delay during the Monday morning commute after a piece of metal loosened on the bridge. The bridge is located near the Interstate 24 and Interstate 40 split.

Metro Police said about half a dozen reports of damaged vehicles started coming in just after 6 a.m., some reportedly dealing with popped tires or rim damage. The Tennessee Department of Transportation said maintenance crews were called out to Silliman Evans Bridge by 7:30 a.m. and found a steel piece that normally protects the bridge joints had popped out.

"This is perhaps one of our busiest bridges in the downtown area with about 140,000 vehicles travel over this section of the Silliman Evans Bridge everyday, so it's basically a situation of fatigue," said TDOT Spokesperson Deanna Lambert.

The piece of metal has been removed, which officials said was a more temporary fix. A more permanent fix is expected in the spring.

If you need to report damage to your vehicle, TDOT said you must first file a claim with the Tennessee Division of Claims Administration. Here are links to the information you need:

 

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