A Queensboro Bridge fire forced officials to close several lanes and inspect the area for damage. CBS News reports on Aug. 16 that an outer lane has been reopened, but New York City drivers can expect delays through the weekend. The fire started on a 40-foot tractor trailer and forced the closure of the lanes.
Firefighters were able to put out the fire on the Queensboro Bridge after more than an hour, and no one was injured in the 40-foot tractor trailer. However, there were concerns that the bridge suffered structural damage. Some reports indicate that photographs from the scene show the tractor trailer fire reached the bridge’s cables.
Frustrated drivers faced long traffic delays on the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge on Aug. 16. Officials have warned drivers that they should prepare for more delays because the structural damage inspections revealed two I-beams will have to be replaced. The repairs will be finished over the weekend.
The 40-foot tractor trailer was carrying clothes hangers and had three passengers. Although they were able to get out before the fire consumed the entire trailer, the damage to the truck was extensive. Dozens of firefighters spent over an hour extinguishing the blaze.
The westbound lanes of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge will stay open through the weekend. Officials hope that the rest of the lanes can reopen once repairs are finished this weekend.