Sign collapses on I-66 in Fairfax, VDOT investigates

The Virginia Department of Transportation is investigating why a 30-foot sign fell onto I-66 in Fairfax Saturday. The sign hit a pick-up truck but no one was injured.

At 2:48 p.m., 30-foot tall cantilevered sign structure collapsed onto eastbound traffic on I-66 near Monument Avenue in Fairfax, according to officials with VDOT.

"This is a very serious matter and I want to assure motorists and the public that VDOT will get to the bottom of what caused the collapse so we can prevent this from happening again," said VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley. "We will take the appropriate actions needed to assure the safety of our structures. I will oversee this investigation, including keeping the public informed."

A snow storm was moving through the area at the time of the incident but it was not immediately known if the storm was a factor in the collapse.

VDOT inspects its sign structures at least every five years. The sign was last inspected in December 2007 and ultrasonic testing of the anchor bolts was performed since the 2007 inspection.

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