Lanes Open for Traffic Again Under Peytonsville Road Bridge
Updated: Monday, August 18 2014, 05:40 AM CDT
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FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Continuing our coverage on I65 traffic, right now lanes are open underneath the Peytonsville Road bridge after a fatal tanker crash 2 days ago. TDOT says the victim is 67 year old Bobby Ray Bobo from Columbia.
Slow moving traffic, deconstruction of an entire bridge and another to be rebuilt on I65 since Friday are aspects the Tennessee Department of Transportation is trying to keep in perspective.
"We need to remember there was a horrific accident here and that somebody died," says TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. "We are saddened about that."
67 year old Bobby Ray Bobo lost his life when the tanker he was driving struck the Peytonsville Road bridge underneath and erupted into flames.
"From what we understand, he was a great man, had a great driving record, we're not sure why this happened," says Schroer. "But he died a horrific death. While this is going to inconvenience some people, I think everybody should realize that Mr. Bobo will never be home."
After confirming the bridge was unsafe for drivers on it and underneath, TDOT demolished the Williamson County overpass Saturday morning, while the lanes remained closed underneath.
TDOT Commissioner John Schroer says all north and southbound lanes are now open because of an accelerated progress, despite setbacks with the weather Sunday.
"I think it's important for everybody to know when they come off the ramp they can only turn right," says Schroer.
TDOT says the bridge is still closed. The 2nd side of the structure is newer, but severely damaged and will need to be repaired. TDOT says it will not be torn down immediately, but is safe enough for those driving on the interstate.
"We've had our structural engineers come and check it and there's no concern," says Schroer.
Where the old bridge once stood, TDOT is starting reconstruction immediately and hopes to get it open within the next 3-4 months to allow traffic to flow both directions.
TDOT says the progress so far is a group effort between county agencies. In the meantime, thoughts are with the Bobo family.
"We pray for his family, friends and Edwards Oil Company," says Schroer. "He had been there for 40 years."
Williamson County residents will have to find alternate routes when traveling from one side of Franklin to the other. With delays still expected in traffic, TDOT and Franklin Police are providing detour information on message boards and here:
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