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Scott Hamilton overpass, 2 lanes of I-30 closed Friday

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - No one was injured and cars were not damaged, but Friday afternoon, drivers saw concrete falling from the Scott Hamilton bridge overpass in Little Rock.

I-30 has steady traffic, it is remarkable debris didn't fall on a car and cause accidents. All afternoon, two of the three eastbound lanes have been closed while the bridge is repaired.

As 18 wheelers and thousands of cars slowly made their way under the Scott Hamilton overpass, Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) crews took up two lanes sweeping, getting debris out of the way.

Randy Ort with AHTD says, "It's not unusual for this to happen, again it is a driving surface. It is subject to everyday wear and tear. It is subject to the elements."

Ort says this is the time of year the state gets potholes because of the abuse the roads get during the winter weather. A pot hole on the bridge became an actual hole and the concrete fell through. "Because there is something underneath that bridge. Sometimes it's a body of water; in this case it's a roadway. So as a precautionary measure we've stopped traffic in two lanes on Interstate 30."

The 60-year bridge is 260 feet long; it is also temporarily closed leaving about 10,000 daily drivers to look for an alternate route.

Ort says people who usually take I-30 eastbound should find another way around, so they don't get caught in traffic.

The engineers with the highway department are expected to have all the repairs done by Friday afternoon and the lanes will reopen.

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