I-30 Bridge Open Again after Reports it was Hit by Boat

LITTLE ROCK, AR — The Interstate 30 bridge is back open after reports that it was hit by a barge.

Arkansas Highway Transportation Department (AHTD) officials say a tug boat with two empty barges in tow was heading west when it ran into the pier protection cell shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday.

The boat’s captain notified the Memphis District Corps of Engineers, who then notified Arkansas State Police, who then shut the bridge down for precautionary reasons, halting I-30 eastbound traffic.

State Police say inspectors arrived, determined the bridge was safe for travel, and reopened all lanes.

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, one of the bridge supports were hit, but not the actual bridge.

The tugboat captain believes wind may have been a factor in the accident, according to AHTD.

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