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Overpass repairs to impact Apalachee Parkway traffic

A City of Tallahassee utility truck slammed into the Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad overpass...
A City of Tallahassee utility truck slammed into the Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad overpass in the 700 block of the parkway Monday around 8 a.m.(Winn Peeples)
Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 12:09 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 6, 2022 at 2:38 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Crews are installing new support for a railroad overpass above Apalachee Parkway because of damage from a recent accident.

A City of Tallahassee utility truck slammed into the Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad overpass in the 700 block of the parkway Monday around 8 a.m. The driver suffered serious injuries, according to Tallahassee police.

A railroad spokesperson says the damage to the overpass was significant. Engineers evaluated the damage and due to the severity, they determined the truck was going the full speed limit at the time of the crash. The track is currently out of service because of the crash, the spokesperson told WCTV.

As of Thursday morning, the Florida Department of Transportation was installing a new support tower so the railroad can resume operations on the tracks above. The railroad spokesperson says they hope the repairs will be done by this weekend.

A lane will be closed during the installation. FDOT says there’s no danger to drivers on the parkway.

Transportation officials say they’re now working with the railroad on permanent repair options.

When the repairs are done, trains will run over the line again but under a slow order, moving no faster than 10 mph over the overpass. The railroad spokesperson says that the overpass sees “a fair amount of traffic,” with several trains crossing it daily.

The main rail yard for the railroad is right in Tallahassee, on Licona Ave. Right now, traffic is not moving, and several customers can’t be served because of the crash, according to the spokesperson.

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