Mathilda overpass deemed safe

September 8, 2009 5:33:39 PM PDT
The Mathilda Avenue overpass, which crosses U.S. Highway 101 in Sunnyvale and serves as a major artery for the city's traffic, will reopen this evening after damages prompted its closure nearly all day, a city spokesman said.

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The overpass was shut down to both northbound and southbound traffic around 8:20 a.m. after a truck hit a portion of the bridge, damaging several girders, California Department of Transportation spokesman Bernard Walik said.

Caltrans crews arrived this afternoon to inspect the bridge and shortly before 5 p.m. deemed the overpass safe, Sunnyvale spokesman John Pilger said.

All northbound and southbound lanes of the bridge were set to reopen at 5 p.m., but the ramp from northbound Mathilda Avenue to northbound Highway 101 will remain closed indefinitely because that ramp travels underneath the damaged area, Pilger said.

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