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Falling Concrete Shuts Down Mass. Pike Lanes In Boston Overnight

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Workers check the Comm. Ave. bridge after chunks of concrete fell onto the Mass Pike on July 15, 2011.

Workers check the Comm. Ave. bridge after chunks of concrete fell onto the Mass Pike on July 15, 2011.

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BOSTON (CBS) – Two lanes of the Mass Pike were shut down in Boston overnight after a chunk of “spray-on cosmetic concrete” fell onto the road.

Adam Hurtubise at the Mass. Department of Transportation told WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson this was “shock concrete,” which is similar to stucco.

He said the concrete was sprayed on in the 1980s.

It fell from the wall of the Commonwealth Avenue overpass onto the westbound side of I-90.

The debris landed dangerously close to the high speed lane, just out of the path of traffic.

A MassDOT tow truck driver noticed the shattered concrete, and reported it. No cars were struck. MassDOT crews cleaned up and inspected the damage before re-opening those lanes.

It’s unclear if there have been other reports of problems with the spray-on cement.

Hurtubise says crews are out every day checking the bridges.

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