Highway 97 Beebe Bridge could be closed for weeks - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Highway 97 Beebe Bridge could be closed for weeks

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WENATCHEE, Wash. - The Transportation Department says the Highway 97 bridge over the Columbia River near Chelan could be closed for repairs for several more weeks.

A semi-truck damaged several steel trusses on the Beebe ridge in the accident Monday that killed one driver and left the other driver missing in the river.

The Washington State Patrol says a tractor-trailer rig loaded with apples rammed a support beam of a U.S. 97 bridge north of Wenatchee and plunged into the Columbia River.

A portion of the bridge deck is sagging.

The department says pedestrian access to the bridge may be possible after Labor Day, once crews have it stabilized, but vehicles won't be allowed until repairs are complete.

About 5,000 vehicles a day usually use the bridge. Traffic is detoured onto Highway 97A through Chelan.

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