Gulick Ave. freeway overpass hit for second time in two weeks

Gulick Avenue

For the second time in less than two weeks, a vehicle driving on the H-1 Freeway struck the Gulick Avenue overpass.

It was reported at around 9 a.m.

Once again, officials had to close two lanes of the freeway to make sure the debris was removed and the overpass was structurally sound.

The state Department of Transportation says whoever hit it kept going, so officials aren’t sure who’s responsible, or whether the vehicle had a permit to drive underneath the overpass.

“Even if the company does go and get proper permits, we encourage drivers and companies to double-check that height restrictions are followed, all equipment is stored at the lowest possible positions, and that there aren’t going to be incidents like this for the safety of public, structures involved and of course for safety of vehicle itself,” said DOT spokesman Tim Sakahara.

The lanes were reopened at around 10:45 a.m.

“Thankfully, the roadway is still safe,” Sakahara said. “It was just more cosmetic damage, when truck hit the side, underneath the concrete there, kind of chipped off some of the concrete. They just went in to make sure all those pieces were removed.”

Just last Monday, a crane ended up clipping the same overpass.

In both cases, no one was hurt.

“The Gulick overpass is one of the lowest in the entire state. So if people are going to be traveling that way, drivers need to be aware of the 14 (feet) 3-inch height restriction and make sure if you’re going that way, to make sure that the load is below that,” Sakahara said.

Responsible companies could face a $50 fine.

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