TX-Dot Says Ramp Repair Could Take A Week

Repair crews are working on a freeway ramp in northeast Houston that was heavily damaged over the weekend when a tanker truck overturned and caught fire. As Rod Rice reports, the afternoon commute could be complicated in that area for the rest of the week.


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The fire charred a 120 foot section of the connector ramp between the northbound Eastex Freeway and the 610 North Loop westbound. TX-Dot now says the cement has to be replaced.

“What they do is they cut out the whole section of where the concrete was actually burned and damaged and they’ll clear that out and then prepare the bridge itself for the concrete to be poured.”

TX-Dot’s Karen Othon says once that cement it poured, it could take until the end of the week to cure. She says the fire damaged the cement, but not the structural supports of the ramp.

“We had bridge engineers out on the scene early Sunday morning that inspected the bridge beams and all of the components of the bridge itself and so it is safe. So it’s just the concrete pavement  itself that burned.”

Othon says the drive home today could be a challenge in that area, but there is at least one quick detour that will work until the repairs are made.

“Usually you could just go ahead and take the 610 exit going eastbound and just take that first exit, u-turn and then get up on 610 going westbound.”  

She says motorists should always pay attention to speed limit signs on ramps. Authorities think the truck that overturned was going too fast when it flipped and caught fire.

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