A dump truck that crashed into the Embarcadero Road overpass at U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto earlier this month resulted in a 45-foot-wide crack, Caltrans has found after further investigation, according to a spokesman.
The crash happened just before 11 p.m. on March 2, when the driver of a 2017 Peterbilt truck heading south with its bed still lifted struck the overpass, according to the California Highway Patrol. Two lanes were closed for several hours, and the incident snarled the following morning's commute.
The repair work is estimated to begin either in early to mid-April and last for about three to four weeks, Caltrans spokesman Bernard Walik said in an email. The job is estimated to cost between $500,000 and $1 million, he said.
Initially, Caltrans crews estimated the truck left a 25-foot-wide crack, but they later determined it was actually around 45 feet, Caltrans spokesman Bob Haus said.
The agency is still finalizing the design work and estimating costs for the repairs before it opens the project for bids and awards the work to a contractor, Haus said.
The westbound lane of the overpass remains closed indefinitely, he said.
While the agency has seen its fair share of cars hit an overpass, usually on the sides, the March 2 incident resulted in more serious damage, according to Haus.
The CHP has identified the driver as 24-year-old Skuhpal Singh, who was cited for driving an unsafe vehicle or a vehicle with a defect, CHP Officer Michael Aquino said.
Singh had dropped a load off at a job site near University Avenue and drove away without the truck bed fully latching, Aquino said.
The driver continued on to the freeway at speeds of up to 30 mph before the crash, which left him with a broken nose and bruises to his face, according to Aquino.