$5.3M to repair bridge over I-10

The overpass at U.S. Highway 191 South and Interstate 10 was damaged and the exit closed following a semi truck crash in May 2023. - Contributed Photo/DPS

WILLCOX — ADOT announced recently it will finally repair the bridge over Interstate 10 west of Willcox that was damaged in a single-vehicle crash last May.

Arizona Department of Transportation was allocated $5.3 million to rebuild the bridge’s superstructure, which includes the girders and deck.

Work is expected to begin in early 2024, with destruction of the old superstructure before the new bridge is put in place. Work is expected to be completed by summer 2024.

The overpass was damaged May 3, when a semi smashed into a pillar of the bridge. The semi became engulfed in fire and the driver was killed.

The westbound exit to south U.S. Highway 191 — which connects northern Cochise County to Pearce, Sunsites and Douglas — has been closed since the crash. The I-10’s eastbound exit to U.S. Highway 191 remains open.