Bridge Due For Repairs Is Hit Again By A Truck, TxDOT Moves Ahead With I-10 Closure

The crash happened this morning at the Houston Avenue Bridge. TxDOT was already planning to close eastbound I-10 this weekend so crews could repair earlier damage

TxDOT originally planned to close part of eastbound I-10 so it could repair damage to the Houston Avenue Bridge that was caused by an oversized truck back in December. Just as crews were putting barriers in place ahead of tonight's closure, another truck hit the bridge around 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 2nd. It damaged the same beams that needed to be repaired.

TxDOT's Danny Perez said they're moving ahead with tonight's shutdown, which also includes Houston Avenue over I-10. They're asking drivers to heed the detour signs.

"It's really important to keep the traffic out of the adjacent communities," said Perez. "So we're making a significant effort to work with our law enforcement partners."

That closure starts at 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 2nd. Eastbound traffic will be detoured onto the 610 Loop. Local traffic can exit at Shepherd. The westbound lanes won't be affected.

TxDOT expects to reopen eastbound I-10 by 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 5th.


Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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