Officials re-open northbound lanes of I-35

MARTENSDALE, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Transportation has opened the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 in Warren County, less than three days after that stretch of freeway was closed when a truck damaged a bridge.

Transportation officials announced Thursday they had opened the northbound lanes, ending a need for motorists to detour through several small towns before returning to I-35 near West Des Moines.

A truck hauling construction equipment smashed into the bridge over the freeway Monday night. The accident made the bridge too unstable to drive beneath.

Crews had to scramble to tear down damaged parts of the bridge before I-35 could be re-opened.

Driver Ronald Gage of Waterloo was cited for violating height requirements in the incident. He wasn’t seriously injured.

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