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Concrete Falling On 91 Freeway Underpass: Major Traffic Jam

UPDATE AT 2:10 P.M.: Reports of concrete falling from the Riverside (91) Freeway prompted authorities today to shut down an underpass in Riverside, where Caltrans engineers were expected to conduct an inspection.

Around 12:45 p.m., Riverside police completely closed Pierce Street at the 91, as well as the eastbound offramp to Pierce, after receiving calls that chunks of concrete were landing on the roadway.

The closure led to a significant bottleneck as officers turned motorists around, according to reports from the scene.

California Highway Patrol Officer Travis Monks told City News Service that a CHP officer had gone up and down both the east- and westbound sides of the freeway several times in search of possible damage, but found nothing. The freeway was expected to remain open, he said.

According to a Caltrans District 8 spokeswoman, an engineer and regional superintendent were preparing to conduct an inspection to ensure the structural integrity of the freeway. --City News Service


ORIGINAL POST: Caltrans has been called to investigate reports of concrete falling onto the Pierce Street underpass at the Riverside (91) Freeway in Riverside. According to the California Highway Patrol, there are no plans for a freeway closure, though the Riverside Police Department has completely shut down Pierce Street at the freeway, causing a major traffic clog. --City News Service
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