Questions remain about the collapse of a pedestrian bridge on the DC-295 after a truck driver allegedly forgot to lower part of the vehicle and hit the bridge.
The collapse brought five people to hospitals; left tons of twisted metal, crumbled concrete next to damaged cars, and turned off DC-295 for hours. The road reopened Thursday morning and there is now a clean break where the footbridge was once attached to stairs.
The DC Department of Transportation will temporarily close lanes on several roads for bridge and tunnel inspections on Monday and Tuesday. A full list of closings can be found at the bottom of this page.
According to a police report, the operator of the large truck involved forgot to lower the vehicle’s subframe after leaving a nearby concrete plant. Then the subframe hit the pedestrian bridge, the police report said.
News4 reached out to Frank’s Scrap Metal – the company that was involved in the truck – but they told us they had no official release statement.
Officials say the collision triggered the collapse. It is unclear whether the condition of the bridge played a role: the bridge was classified as poor at its last inspection in February.
Five people were injured but are expected to be fine. News4’s Pat Collins spoke to witnesses.
News4’s Adam Tuss tracked down images of the bridge during an inspection in 2021, showing cracked and crumbling concrete with exposed steel rebar.
The inspection team even went so far as to say that an exchange of the bridge should be considered.
That contradicted what DC Mayor Muriel Bowser told reporters during a press conference hours after the crash. Later that evening, officials said they had “misrepresented” the condition.
ANC Commissioner Kathy Henderson asked if the condition of the bridge had played a role in the collapse.
“We don’t know what the underlying factors are,” Henderson said in a statement calling on federal traffic officials to get involved.
Traffic reporter Adam Tuss reports on the collapse of the pedestrian bridge, which injured five people in northeast DC. The incident resulted in significant traffic delays.
DC Councilor Christina Henderson said it was important to rebuild the bridge as many residents used it to access the Deanwood Metro station.
Henderson said that more than $ 3 million already earmarked for bridge maintenance in next year’s budget would “definitely” not be enough to replace the bridge.
DC road closures for bridge and tunnel inspections
The district’s Department of Transportation will block several streets on Monday and Tuesday to complete inspections, weather permitting.
There will be traffic controls, but expect moderate to severe delays, says DDOT.
Monday, June 28th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“East Capitol Street, SE under CSXT Railroad, alternating closure of the right and left lanes of East Capitol Street, NE under CSXT Railroad,” says DDOT.
Tuesday, June 29th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Eastbound Ramp from Whitehurst Freeway to K-Street, NW via K-Street Eastbound Exit Ramp, left lane closure of the Eastbound Ramp from Whitehurst Freeway to K-Street, NW via K-Street Eastbound Exit Ramp,” says DDOT.
“Westbound Ramp from K-Street, NW to Whitehurst Freeway via K-Street Westbound Entrance Ramp, right lane closure of Westbound Ramp from K-Street, NW to Whitehurst Freeway via K-Street Westbound Entrance Ramp,” says DDOT.