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Massive Tanker Fire Shuts Down DC Highways

Massive Tanker Fire Shuts Down DC Highways

The fire occurred on Montrose Road. (WTOP Photo/Kristi King)

January 14, 2010

The good news is that the fire was not on the bridge deck.

“Inspectors will have to come down and look at the road surface, just double check the integrity of the bridge. Fortunately, the tractor trailer was located just east of the bridge, so the structure itself was not involved with the accident or the fire,” Graham said.

Damage to the asphalt will need to be assessed and the foam used to put out the fire responsibly removed before Montrose Road will reopen.

“The asphalt is probably going to be pretty significantly damaged, and that’s going to have to be repaired before we open up westbound Montrose,” Graham said. See the Tanker’s Damage Inspection crews will set up in the eastbound lanes of Montrose Road as they assess the damage to the westbound lanes.

Graham says the assessment on Montrose Road will taken “most of the morning, at a minimum.”

WTOP Traffic is keeping on top of all of this with traffic reports every 10 minutes on the 8s.

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