PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — An excavator that got stuck under an overpass on I-95 in Providence Thursday afternoon has since been removed.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) warned drivers of the trapped excavator just after 4 p.m.
The machinery was being pulled on a trailer, and it appears the arm of the excavator got caught on the underside of the Broad Street overpass near the Thurbers Avenue curve.
RIDOT closed one lane of traffic to remove the excavator, but not until after rush hour since the truck transporting it was able to pull over into the breakdown lane.
It took RIDOT crews roughly an hour to free the excavator from the overpass.
While the excavator wasn’t impeding traffic, it did lead to significant backups on the highway for several hours.
It’s unclear whether the bridge sustained any damage.